After pleading guilty to killing a Dallas Cowboys fan during a fight at a restaurant, a Washington Redskins fan is convicted of voluntary manslaughter and has now been sentenced.
In December of 2014, we reported on a Dallas Cowboys fan that was allegedly killed during an incident with a group of Washington Redskins fans at a restaurant in Chesapeake, Virgina.
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Leaked surveillance video showed 48-year old Cowboys fan Charles Lee Setchel and Redskins fan Ronnie Cisko getting into a brief scuffle after having a heated verbal argument about their respective teams. Dallas had defeated Washington earlier that day, 44-17.
During the altercation, Setchel was struck in the throat and suffered a vertebral artery dissection. He later died due to that injury. After initially leaving the scene, Cisko returned to the restaurant and was arrested.
Now, over a year later, the 36-year old has been sentenced to 14-years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime. Cisko was sentenced to 10-years in prison for voluntary manslaughter according to the Dallas Morning News. Another four years was added on for a previous probation violation.
You can watch a portion of the restaurant’s surveillance video of the deadly incident below.
Below the line is the original article we published back in December of 2014. It contains a much more descriptive account of the incident as well as a link to a longer portion of the surveillance video of the deadly fight.
The NFC East rivalry is well known. This group of NFL teams hate each other. And so do their fan bases. But that hate turned to alleged murder for one fan in Virginia on Sunday following the Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Washington Redskins.
As reported first by WTKR NewsChannel 3 out of Chesapeake, 48-year-old Cowboys’ fan Charles Lee Setchel and his fiance, Robin Stewart, were celebrating Dallas’ victory at Zino’s Italian Restaurant just after 7:00 pm EST.
Also in the restaurant that day were some Redskins’ fans, one of which was 36-year-old Ronnie Cisko.
Soon, verbal sparring between the two fans escalated into a fist fight. During the skirmish, Cisko allegedly struck Setchel in the neck, severing an artery that eventually killed him.
As the Cowboys’ fan laid motionless on the floor, Cisko can be seen in the below surveillance video stepping over his body and leaving the restaurant with his party. However, he did return upon hearing Setchel was being taken to the hospital.
Please click here to see the video:
Cisko has now been charged with second degree murder and is currently being held in Chesapeake City Jail.
Despite his return to the scene of the crime, Setchel’s fiance said the Redskins’ group was initially unconcerned about his health and more concerned with getting revenge.
"“They were celebrating and I feel disgusted by that.” Stewart told NewsChannel 3. ” They don’t even know that he killed him, or even if he didn’t care. No remorse. They deserve what they get.”"
As fans, everyone knows there’s a line that goes beyond friendly rivalry. Still, tempers can flare, things can get out of hand and bad things can happen that cannot be undone. Let’s use this unfortunate event to remind us all, it’s only game.
"““It’s something so simple as just talking and dogging each other’s teams. So, I mean, how it went from that to murder, I don’t know.” Stewart continued. “This is what you call petty. A whole human being is lost over words. Words. Simple words that could easily…you could turn around and say you’re sorry after the night’s over with. Instead, how do you say sorry to a dead man?”"
As human beings, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Setchel’s family and friends. And especially to his fiance, Ms. Stewart. As fans, Mr. Setchel is like a lot of us on game days. Passionate, wearing our favorite player’s jersey, and ready to represent our Cowboys against all comers. His death touches every fan. May he rest in peace.
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