A Gibson City man was ordered back to prison for a 10-year term for his part in a fight that injured and killed another Gibson City man in 2013.
36-year-old Ryan Nibbe, prosecutors proved at trial, threw a punch that killed 44-year-old Timothy Robertson. Nibbe claimed it was self-defense. He told the court he did throw a punch but there was no intent to kill anyone; it was a tragic accident.
The re-sentencing came after an appellate court judge reversed an earlier 2nd-degree murder conviction that brought a 17-year prison term in 2014.
The judge reversed Nibbe's murder conviction, but upheld a felony Class 3 conviction for aggravated battery in a public place. A resentencing was ordered. In 2014, Nibbe was sentenced only on the murder charge, as Illinois law requires that a person who commits several crimes during a single incident be sentenced only for the most serious offense.
It was also noted, Nibbe has a lengthy criminal record, felony offenses. It's the sixth time he's headed to prison.
In recommending a 10-year sentence, State's attorney Randy Yedinak noted that Nibbe has been convicted of eight felonies since the age of 18. That's includes two prior convictions for aggravated battery. Yedinak said the convictions have landed Nibbe in prison five times already.