Rice County Attorney John Fossum comments on the sentencing of Jeremiah Smith, the man convicted of Swindle and the reversal of Chad Gibson’s sentencing in a 2016 case of Criminal Vehicular Homicide.
By John L. Fossum, Rice County Attorney
Restorative justice has a goal to make offenders more accountable by placing the focus on restoring the community and the victim rather than focusing on punishment or confinement of an offender. Many aspects of restorative justice have been incorporated in the way we handle all criminal cases. Victims have an opportunity to weigh in on plea agreements and be heard at sentencing, offenders are ordered to pay restitution to the victim as part of their sentence. Restitution is to make the victim whole financially as if the crime had not occurred. Each of these now common programs started as restorative justice initiatives. [Read more…] about Rice County Attorney John Fossum on Restorative Justice Initiative
Eighteen months later, Nisbit pleads guilty. The Rice County courtroom was thick with tension and heavily guarded, as a shackled 40 year old Jason Nisbit of Faribault pled guilty to 2nd degree intentional murder with aggravating circumstances non-premeditated. In 2015, 26 year old Chelsea Martinez met Nisbit through a website called The Experience Project. She drove up from Ohio and met him at a local motel on July 31st to discuss suicide. The two arranged to meet again the next morning at Shager Park. In court yesterday, Nisbit admitted to taking Martinez to a specific spot, tying her up, choking her till she passed out and slitting her throat, killing her. Family members reported Martinez missing July 30th. Nisbit led investigators to her body August 2nd. He was indicted on First [Read more…] about Trial too traumatic for victim’s family; Chilling blaze destroys Dairy barn; Arts Guild receives large grant