York City man gets up to 9 years in prison for park shooting

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A York City man will spend up to nine years in prison for his involvement in a Girard Park shooting last year.
  • Brady Koehler, 22, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

A York City man could spend up to nine years in prison for his involvement in a shooting at Girard Park last year.

Brady Skylar Koehler, 22, of 953 Wellington St., pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after officials said he fired at a group of people at the park, hitting three, in April 2016.

Brady Koehler

On Thursday, Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness sentenced him to 4½ to nine years in prison, according to online court records. He will get credit for time served.

Police have said Brady Koehler, and 17-year-old Bradley Shane Koehler, also of 953 Wellington St., fired into a group of people, wounding two and killing one.

Because of Brady Koehler's plea, his initial charges of  aggravated assault and robbery were dismissed, records state.

One dead, two wounded in York City park shooting

The background:  Police say the shooting, which happened at 7:05 p.m. April 10, 2016, stemmed from an altercation about 35 minutes earlier when two teenagers from outside the city came to the area around Albermarle Park to buy marijuana but were robbed by their would-be dealers.

Bradley Koehler

Those teenagers told police the robbers were Brady Koehler and Sabien Weaver, 17, and that the pair stole cash from them at gunpoint.

The teens called a friend of theirs and one of their uncles, 25-year-old Wayne Weedon Jr. The four agreed to come to Girard Park and fight Weaver, according to charging documents.

They called Weaver, who agreed to come to the park to brawl, documents state. Weaver showed up with the Koehlers, John Middleton Jr. and Damoni Weaver, and they all met on the basketball courts, police say.

One of the teens who was robbed and Sabien Weaver began to fight, and eventually everyone was fighting except for the Koehlers, according to documents.

Instead, the two Koehlers took out handguns and fired into the fray, hitting a 17-year-old who'd been one of the people robbed, Middleton and Weedon, police allege. Weedon, of East Boundary Avenue, was pronounced dead a half-hour later at York Hospital. The teenager was shot in the foot, and Middleton, 19, of Dallastown, was hit several times, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Police have said the shooters fired about 10 rounds.

Police: Dispute led to fatal shootout at York City park

The York County Coroner's Office said at the time that  Weedon died from gunshot wounds to the torso and ruled the death a homicide.

Heather Reiner, who is listed as Brady Koehler's attorney, did not return a message seeking comment.

Bradley Koehler remains in York County Prison, charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.