Former officer accused of illegal search declines plea offer
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire police officer accused of performing an illegal search and falsifying his report turned down a plea offer from the state Tuesday.
Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said in court the state made 30-year-old Ian Kibbe a plea offer, the Valley News reported. He declined to say what it was, and it wasn’t detailed in court documents.
Kibbe’s lawyer, Eric Wilson, responded the offer “would not be accepted by the defense.”
Judge Brian Tucker scheduled Kibbe’s case for trial in December, with jury selection to start Dec. 3. Ward said he’d need two days for trial.
The former Claremont officer was charged April 26 after authorities said he lied about how he discovered weapons during an arrest in February.
He’s pleaded not guilty to felony counts of conspiracy to commit perjury and attempted perjury, as well as unsworn falsification and obstructing government administration, both misdemeanors.
The Claremont Police Department said it had thrown out at least 20 arrest cases that involved Kibbe and former Claremont officer Mark Burch. The attorney general’s office has said Burch hasn’t been charged, but remains under investigation.
Kibbe, of Springfield, Vermont, is free on $5,000 cash bail.
The New Hampshire attorney general’s office also is reviewing Kibbe’s 2016 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Cody LaFont, which it had determined was legally justified.
Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com