Man dies eight days after altercation in Gibson City

Man dies eight days after altercation in Gibson City

URBANA — A Gibson City man died Monday, eight days after he sustained a traumatic head injury in an altercation with another man outside an apartment in Gibson City.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Timothy Robertson, 44, was pronounced dead by a physician at 10:59 a.m. Monday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Mr. Robertson had been in a coma at the hospital since July 28, after his skull was fractured during the altercation, police said in documents filed in Ford County Circuit Court.

The man who police say punched Mr. Robertson — Ryan A. Nibbe, 34, who listed an address at an apartment in the 700 block of North State Street in Gibson City — has been charged in Ford County Circuit Court with two counts of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton said Monday he was reviewing reports and would make a decision on whether to file additional charges once his review is complete.

Nibbe remained at the Ford County Jail on a $150,000 bond Monday. A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 12.

Gibson City police found Mr. Robertson unconscious on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building at 130 1/2 N. Sangamon Ave. shortly after 12:30 a.m. July 28, police said in court documents.

A man who lives in the apartment building — Jason Battishill — had called 9-1-1 to report the incident. When they arrived, police interviewed Battishill and Nibbe.

Nibbe told police that Mr. Robertson entered Battishill's apartment, and Nibbe then chased him down the stairs and hit him.

Meanwhile, Battishill told police that Mr. Robertson entered the stairwell of his apartment, where both he and Nibbe confronted Mr. Robertson. Battishill said Mr. Robertson "swung his arm in an attempt to hit Nibbe, but missed badly." Nibbe then punched Mr. Robertson, causing him to fall off the stairwell and onto the sidewalk, police said in court documents.

Battishill told police that Nibbe then followed Mr. Robertson outside and hit him again with his fist, causing him to hit the ground.

As a result, police said, Mr. Robertson suffered a fractured skull and was in a coma.

Nibbe was arrested Thursday afternoon.

In court Friday, Nibbe was admonished of the battery charges and told he would be eligible for extended-term sentencing due to his criminal history. Urbana attorney David Rumley was appointed to represent him.

The Illinois Department of Corrections website says Nibbe was paroled in February after being sentenced to two years in prison in April 2012 for an aggravated battery conviction in Macon County.

Ford County court records show Nibbe was convicted of aggravated battery in 2008 in Ford County and sentenced to five years in prison.

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