The following is the complete statement made by Leslie Johnson, sister of James Nibbe, made after a settlement was reached in the wrongful death lawsuit pursued by the heirs and next of kin of James Nibbe:
We are very grateful for the verdict and judgment issued against James Nibbe’s killer. The jury members listened carefully to the evidence and obviously put a lot of thought and deliberation into a fair and just award of damages. We appreciate the jury and their hard work in what we recognize is a difficult decision. Although no amount of money will ever bring James back, the jury’s verdict acknowledges how much Jim truly meant to us.
The Nibbe family is disappointed that the Court excluded some evidence, including the relationship Jennifer Nibbe had with a boyfriend, the texting communication including graphic sexual content that went on between the two, and details of a plan they made the day before James Nibbe was killed to get together for a sexual rendezvous. There was even a first attempt on his life by a planned car accident maryland attorney’s are looking into. Evidence excluded also included Jennifer Nibbe’s journal, in which she outlines how she fell out of love with James and was in love with another man and the evidence of how Jennifer’s story of what occurred has changed several times over the last four years.
Although we are saddened we did not have an opportunity to show the true, soulless character of Jim’s murderer, we are happy to have this behind us and we look forward to happier days, in which Jim’s memory will always have a place.
We also want to thank [Attorneys] Scott Kelly and Joe Gangi, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department for their help, assistance and support to our family over the last four years.