Originally posted on ProFootballTalk:
Last October, a Bears fan who traveled from Illinois to Jacksonville was killed by a local man who has since pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The killer will now try to obtain a reduced sentence by pointing to mitigating factors.
According to Larry Hannan of the Florida Times-Union, 28-year-old Matthew Reid Hinson will point to alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder at his sentencing hearing. He faces 20 years to life for the October 2012 killing of William “Chris” Pettry, 42.
Hinson slashed Pettry’s throat in a bar at the Jacksonville Landing the night before the Bears faced the Jaguars. Pettry and another man reportedly were talking to Hinson’s wife before the incident occurred.