Nibbe family continues fight two years after murder - KMSP-TV

Nibbe family continues fight two years after murder

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She killed her husband and now she is spending time behind bars, but when she gets out her former husbands family is doing whatever it takes to prevent her from making money off the crime. It started as a murder mystery but soon turned into a tale of betrayal and sounds perfect for a made to tv movie.

That's a problem for James Nibbe's family.

"There is a tremendous amount of anger, there is a tremendous amount of sadness," Nibbe's sister Leslie Johnson told FOX 9 two years ago.

Now Johnson is doing everything she can to make sure the woman who killed him can't hurt the family anymore.

"It's hard enough for someone to lose someone, but to have them killed in such a tragic way as this, it's been a struggle for the family," said Scott Kelly, Nibbe family attorney.

At first, Jennifer Nibbe told investigators her husband James was killed by an intruder who broke into their home in Crystal Lake back in August of 2010. Her story fell apart when investigators learned Jennifer had been sexting a former high school sweetheart. With thousands in debt from an addiction to pain pills, and that the couple had recently taken out a $250,000 life insurance policy on James.

After police arrested Jennifer, she confessed and eventually pled guilty to second degree murder. Even though she was sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison but could get out on parole in 14.

"It's been very traumatic for the family," said Kelly. "The family was very disappointed in the sentence. The family has gone through a lot of difficulty after James died."

Now James family is suing Jennifer in civil court to make sure she never makes any money from him murder. Earlier this week Jennifer's story was featured on a true crime reality show called "Snap" on the Oxygen channel. But his family will do whatever it has to do to make sure her crime doesn't pay.

"I think it's part of the healing process for the family," said Kelly. "It's something they needed to do."

The family says any money they receive will go to a scholarship fund they set up in James' name. This case could also change state law to give murder victim's families more rights over their loved ones belongings when they are gone.

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