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Less than 4 months prison for hit and run death

Immigration officer Nicholas Tibbetts will serve 3-1/2 months in prison for his guilty plea of causing death by dangerous driving in the hit and run death of Donnie Ray Connor last year.

Mr. Tibbetts, 25, received a sentence of eight months on Friday (16 December) from visiting Justice Dame Linda Dobbs who then gave him partial credit for the 18 months he spent on electronic monitoring and home curfew while awaiting trial.

In the early morning hours of 23 April 2015, Mr. Tibbetts was driving on the Linford Pierson Highway after being out for drinks and, by his own admission, having taken Benadryl, when he struck Mr. Connor, 59, who was riding a bicycle. The roadway was closed for hours as authorities gathered clues and then spent two days making an appeal for the driver to come forward. Mr. Tibbetts was arrested at a home as officers arrived to investigate his car and noticed fresh repairs.

Justice Dobbs noted that Mr. Tibbetts had an overwise exemplary record, had written letters of remorse, and had received a plea for leniency in a letter written by a member of Mr. Connor’s family.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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