Plea deal reached in deadly road rage case - WNEM TV 5

Plea deal reached in deadly road rage case

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

A Mid-Michigan prosecutor reached a plea deal in a deadly road rage case.

Investigators said 24-year-old Kyle Richards slammed his car into Austin Gibson’s vehicle after a fight at a party, killing the 22-year-old.

Gibson’s family said they are furious at the thought of Richards getting what they consider to be a slap on the wrist.

“It was my belief that a jury would probably not find the necessary malice to support the second-degree murder charge,” Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion said.

Kushion said he is trying to make the best of a bad situation.

Richards is accused of causing Gibson’s death after a road rage incident last November.

Richards pled no contest to three charges on Thursday that will put him behind bars for a minimum of 10 years.

Gibson’s family is not happy about the agreement, but it turns out Richards isn’t happy with it either.

“His people think I asked too much. They think 10 years is too much for an incident that occurred for somebody who is young, had consumed some alcohol and was involved in an incident that ultimately resulted in the death of Austin Gibson,” Kushion said.

Gibson’s family wants Richards to go to trial. They insist 10 years for the death of their son is not enough.

Kushion is adamant he is getting the best deal possible. He said going to trial would actually increase the chance of Richards seeing less time in prison.

“I believe the jury most likely would’ve come back with exactly what he pled to. And if that happened, it’s my belief that the sentencing guidelines would’ve dictated a sentence of about six or seven years on the minimum, as opposed to the 10 that is now guaranteed,” Kushion said.

Richards will be sentenced June 4. Under the terms of the agreement he must serve 10 to 15 years in prison.

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