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March 15, 2013

Family of murder victim files wrongful death suit

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MANKATO —

The family has settled a civil lawsuit that was filed to recover some of James Nibbe’s belongings from Jennifer Nibbe’s father, Dan Gilman. He lived next door and cleared the house out after James Nibbe, 26, was shot the morning of Aug. 31, 2010, but before his daughter was arrested.

 Gilman refused to return property, some of which the James Nibbe family described as sentimental, until after his daughter was convicted. Even then the family needed a court order to get some items.

A life insurance policy worth $250,000 was taken out for James Nibbe and issued June 25, 2010, which was about two months before he was murdered. Jennifer Nibbe was the only beneficiary listed on the policy.

Since it is against Minnesota law for a murderer to benefit from an insurance benefit, State Farm Insurance requested a court order to have the money turned over to the court until a new beneficiary was found. That request was granted by District Court Judge Bradley Walker on Jan. 8.

Blue Earth County District Judge Krista Jass issued an order Jan. 30 that said James Nibbe’s mother, Karen Nibbe, should receive the insurance money. A check for $262,000, which included interest that has been paid since the murder, was issued to the James Nibbe estate, which is being handled by his sister Leslie Nibbe Johnson.

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