Wisconsin Man Receives 5-year Sentence in DUI Crash that Killed Son

June 18, 2008

A 56-year-old West Bend, Wis. man will serve five years in prison for drunk driving and causing the death of his 9-year-old son.

John B. Ibeme will also serve seven years of extended supervision and two years of probation following his sentence Monday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.

Judge Robert Wirtz says prison time was necessary to address the
seriousness of the crime. He pointed out Ibeme’s blood alcohol level was .144 _ nearly double the legal limit _ at the time of the crash.

Authorities say in March 2007, Ibeme was driving and crossed the center line and hit a SUV. The crash killed his son, John Ibeme Jr., and injured two of his children, now 7 and 9. Also injured was a Kewaskum couple in the SUV.

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