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Involuntary Manslaughter Plea Deal Following Fight Resulting in Head Trauma Death

According to news reports from KTNV and the Las Vegas Sun, on September 14, 2013, two apparently homeless men engaged in a physical fight on the bridge connecting the New York New York Hotel & Casino and the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. After an argument, one man, later identified as Joseph Gilbert Hyde, allegedly punched the other in the head and shoved him to the ground. The victim, Michael Burtosky, stumbled backward and hit his head on either the ground or an escalator. Burtosky was transported to a local hospital, but died from the traumatic head injury three days later.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that witnesses had observed the two men involved in a fight several days prior to the incident, during which Hyde had told Burtosky to leave him and his girlfriend alone, threatening to beat him up and throw him off of the bridge. On November 6, 2013, Metro Police arrested Hyde and charged him with the murder of Burtosky.

This week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Hyde has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal, relieving him of standing trial for a murder charge. A sentencing hearing is scheduled in April.

Lagomarsino Law did not represent any party in this case.