PAXTON — Friends and family of the late Tim Robertson sobbed as they heard
a Ford County jury convict Ryan A. Nibbe of second-degree murder Thursday
evening — a crime that could keep the habitual offender behind bars for
several more years.
“I am relieved yet sad, because nothing’s going to bring him back,” the
44-year-old Robertson’s ex-wife, Angie Sieving, said after the verdict was
read shortly before 6 p.m. “But Tim had the last say, and I’m really happy
his voice was heard and conveyed to the jurors. I just thank God that
justice was served ... and I pray that (Nibbe) comes to terms with his
Nibbe, 34, whose last known address was in Gibson City, was charged with
two counts of felony aggravated battery and one count of second-degree
murder in connection with a July 28 altercation at a downtown apartment
building in Gibson City that led to the death of Mr. Robertson, also of
Nibbe showed no emotion and sat silently as the jury foreman read the
verdicts: guilty of second-degree murder, a Class 1 felony; guilty of
aggravated battery in a public place, a Class 3 felony; and not guilty of
aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a Class 3 felony.
Judge Paul Lawrence set a sentencing hearing for 11 a.m. Feb. 24.
Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton said Nibbe faces a mandatory
prison term ranging from four to 20 years in prison for second-degree
murder and a prison term of five to 10 years for aggravated battery.
The sentences would likely be served concurrently, with Nibbe being required
to serve at least 85 percent of the battery sentence and at least 50
percent of the second-degree murder sentence, Fitton said.
Fitton said he will ask for the “appropriate sentence” given Nibbe’s past
criminal behavior, which includes convictions for aggravated battery,
aggravated driving under the influence, burglary and theft.