Florida Keys News
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Assault on 'Wookie' and 'Dude' results in two-year sentence for Kirby

Joshua Michael Kirby sat in the courtroom Tuesday with his ankles and wrists shackled, listening as Tim "Wookie" Grandy's wife and sister described the emotional toll of Kirby's assault on the popular bouncer at the Green Parrot Bar last year.

"Our 5-year-old daughter -- his little girl -- nearly lost her daddy," wife, Lisa Grandy told Kirby. "You did that. You are to blame. No one else. You weren't there when the police officers came to my house at three in the morning to tell me what happened. I thought my husband was dead. You make me sick. I hope you rot in hell for what you did to our family."

Kirby sat motionless and looked at the wife and mother, but didn't show any emotion, just as he had when Grandy's sister, Tina Masters, spoke moments before, calling him a "cruel and merciless person."

"Years from now you'll forget Tim's name, but we'll always remember yours and that makes me sick," Masters said.

County Judge Ruth Becker then sentenced Kirby, 32, to two years in prison with credit for time served -- 165 days in the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island -- as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

"No," was all Kirby said when Becker asked if he wanted to say anything prior to sentencing.

Kirby pleaded guilty to battery charges in the August beatings of Grandy and fellow bouncer Adam "Dude" Daytz.

Also charged in the attack was Pavel Chernestov, 23, who remains at large with a $150,000 bench warrant issued for his arrest due to his failure to show for a bail hearing shortly after the incident.

Grandy and Daytz confronted the two men near closing time after allegedly watching them rummage through bicycle baskets and scooter coolers near the popular Old Town bar.

Both Chernestov and Kirby stomped on Grandy's head and ankle after Kirby kicked Daytz in the head, according to police reports. Grandy suffered a crushed ankle and subsequent infection due to reconstructive surgery.

He was in a coma for seven days and has metal pins, wires and plates in his ankle. The beating was so severe that Grandy had the image of a boot bruised onto his forehead. The large, bearded bouncer is affectionately known as "Wookie" by bar regulars for his calm demeanor and jovial attitude toward customers.

Grandy approached the courtroom lectern with a pronounced limp before addressing Kirby. He spoke of what the attack did to his family and friends, many of whom rallied to his bedside at Lower Keys Medical Center and later at a packed fundraiser at the Green Parrot Bar.

The incident caused unfair tribulations for Grandy's family and friends, he told Kirby.

"I urge you to become a better person," Grandy told Kirby. "Vie to be a better person after all this. Please don't ever do this again."

Outside, in the courtroom parking lot, Grandy wore a ball cap with the phrase "No Sniveling" stitched across the front.

"Like they say, with some bad can come a little good, and to see my family and this community come together for me and Dude like they did just amazed me," Grandy said.

"I can never express that or thank everyone enough."

Beside Grandy was his 23-year-old son, Cory Grandy, who has followed his father's path.

He's a bouncer at the Schooner Wharf Bar. He, too, sports a shaggy beard.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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