Lake Crystal Murder Sentence 10 Jul 12

A Lake Crystal woman who admitted to murdering her husband in 2010 has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and 8.5 years of supervised release. 34-year-old Jennifer Nibbe recently pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder in Blue Earth County Court for the killing of her husband, James Nibbe, in the couple’s home on August 31st, 2010. She was originally charged with 1st-degree murder. In the plea hearing, Nibbe testified that she remembers loading a shotgun while James Nibbe slept that morning, but not pulling the trigger. During her sentencing in court Monday, Nibbe was also ordered to pay over $11,000 in restitution to the Mankato Mortuary to cover the funeral expenses for her husband. She was given 700 days credit for time already served as well. Blue Earth County Judge Bradley Walker also issued a special order that Nibbe can not benefit financially or physically from the death of her husband.