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Family outraged with plea deal in case involving son's death

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Austin Gibson (Courtesy photo) Austin Gibson (Courtesy photo)
Kyle Richards Kyle Richards
GRATIOT COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The family of a local man, killed in an apparent road rage incident, is outraged about a plea deal that is expected to come in the case.

In November 22-year-old Austin Gibson was killed after being run off the road in Gratiot County.

A plea deal is expected to be announced on Thursday for the man responsible.

“I honestly feel like in my book that he doesn’t care about my son,” said James Sturtevant, father. “Feels like you hit rock bottom.”

Authorities say Kyle Richards is the one responsible for causing Gibson’s death.

Police say it was an apparent road rage incident involving Gibson’s friend who was also in the vehicle. Investigators say Richards rammed Gibson’s car after a dispute with Gibson’s friend at a party.

“To me, he doesn’t have any remorse,” Sturtevant said.

Sturtevant claims the case against Richards will end with a plea deal on Thursday, an agreement that will put Richards in prison for 10 years for his alleged role in Gibson’s death.

Sturtevant said it’s a slap in the face.

He and his wife are furious. They do not support the plea deal.

“So, if he gets 10 years he’s going to get out at 35-years-old and be able to live and enjoy the rest of his merry little life for killing my son,” Sturtevant said.

They claim Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion told them this was the best he could do. But they disagree.

“The minimum we figured was 20 years for taking a life. Especially considering it was intentional. This wasn’t an accident in any way shape or form,” Sturtevant said.

Sturtevant said he will be at the plea hearing on Thursday to demand the case goes to trial. He said it is what his son would want.

“I don’t believe he’s getting fair justice in any way,” Sturtevant said.

Kushion would not comment on the case, but said there is a plea hearing Thursday to get the offer on the record.

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