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Man sentenced in deadly road rage case

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

A 22-year-old is dead, and now a 24-year-old has been sentenced on charges in a case that had the victim’s family upset with the plea deal.

Kyle Richards, 24, of Alma, pleaded no contest to charges relating to a deadly road rage case last November.

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

On June 4, Richards was sentenced to 10-15 years on one charge of reckless driving causing death, and one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault, causing death. He was also sentenced to 17 months on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.  The sentences will be served concurrently.

As part of the deal, all other charges were dropped.

Richards was also given 3 days credit for time served.

Gibson’s family talked to TV5 before the plea deal was announced, upset with the charges.

“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,” James Sturtevant, Austin’s father, said.

But prosecutors said this was the best deal possible.

“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.

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