The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 16, 2014

Supreme court won't review Nibbe appeal

The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — A woman serving a 17-year prison sentence for shooting her husband as he slept will not have her plea reviewed by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeals ruled against the claim by Jennifer Nibbe, 37, that she didn't understand her plea when she pleaded guilty in July 2012 to killing James Nibbe in their rural Lake Crystal home.

The plea deal, which reduced charges from first-degree to second-degree murder, allowed her to say she didn't remember shooting her husband, but there was enough evidence for a jury to find her guilty.

In an appeal, Nibbe claimed she understood the plea when she made it. The Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday saying it would not review the Appeals Court ruling, saying court transcripts showed she did understand.

The Appeals Court ruling also said she could have the case reviewed by a District Court judge on other grounds.