Commonwealth v. Joshua Daniel Campbell; Jury Recommends 21 Years for Triple Stabbing that Resulted in One Fatality

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Joshua Daniel Campbell, age 29, of the 1300 block of E. Balview Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of Voluntary Manslaughter, Malicious Wounding, and Unlawful Wounding.  The jury recommended a sentence of 21 years in prison.  Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick, who presided over the three-day trial, will formally sentence Campbell on October 8, 2013.  


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of May 5, 2012, Joshua Daniel Campbell and his girlfriend went to a party at The Mansards apartment complex.  As they were leaving, Campbell and his girlfriend got into a fight, and Campbell struck her in the head.  His girlfriend called a friend, who was back at the party, to come talk to her.  Campbell began to yell at the friend and threw a liquor drink in his girlfriend’s face.  Eventually three males and two more females from the party came into the parking lot to try to help Campbell’s girlfriend.  Campbell got out of the car, armed with a knife, and began to fight with one of the males.  Two of the other male partygoers jumped in to assist their friend as they realized that Campbell was much larger and stronger.  Campbell stabbed all three men during the fight then fled in the car with his girlfriend driving.


Twenty-year-old Joseph Brinkos was stabbed twice in the chest and died at the scene.  The second male sustained stab wounds to the arm, arm pit, thigh, hip, and two in his back.  The third male was stabbed in his buttocks. 


Campbell went to a local hospital for cuts and abrasions.  Virginia Beach Police responded to the hospital and interviewed Campbell. He admitted to being involved in the fight but claimed he was acting in self-defense. 


Campbell has prior convictions for Assault and Battery of a Family Member (2 counts), Possession of Schedule I/II Substance, DUI, and Failure to Appear. 


The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher M. Baker.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.