Nathaniel Kibby is escorted out of the Belknap County Superior after pleading guilty and being sentenced 45-90 years in prison for kidnapping, rape, criminal threatening and witness tampering Thursday in Laconia. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Man who kidnapped Conway teenager suddenly changes plea to guilty
By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Nathaniel Kibby was sentenced to serve 45 to 90 years in a state prison outside of New Hampshire Thursday after pleading guilty to seven separate criminal charges ranging from rape to kidnapping in Belknap County Superior Court Thursday.
Kibby, who wore a white shirt and tie, pleaded guilty to three counts of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, or rape; one count of kidnapping; one count of witness tampering; one count of second-degree assault; and one count of criminal threatening.
In exchange for his plea, 176 other charges were not prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Jane Young.
His victim, a 14-year-old girl who was walking home from Kennett High School on Oct. 9, 2013, when she was taken, spoke softly at the sentencing, told him that it feels like forever and she always thinks about what he did to her.
"I wish things didn't have to happen the way they did," she said in a voice barely audible to the nearly 50 people, most of them police officers, in the court Thursday afternoon. "Sometime I don't feel like I am completely free."
"It was not my choice to be raped and threatened," she said. "You did that all yourself."
The victim's mother told him that she is grateful that he didn't kill her daughter but what she really wanted to know was why he was so angry that he did the things he did to her.
According to Young, who recounted the victim's 9 ½ month ordeal, Kibby, now 35, stopped and asked the girl if she wanted a ride. Young said the victim agreed because she had worn boots without socks that day and had a blister on her foot.
The victim said she wanted to go to D'Angelo's but knew right away he wasn't taking her there when he got in the wrong lane. Instead they went to a parking lot where he brandished a black handgun and told her he would slash her throat and blow her brains out when she tried to get out of the car. He told her he wanted oral sex.
When she said they could do it there, he said he wasn't comfortable, put a hood over her head, zapped her repeated with a Taser and drove a circuitous route to his home in Gorham, where he took her to a storage container he had on the property, where he bound and raped her.
Young said the tape over the victim's eyes caused a permanent scar on her nose and the zip ties were so tight she lost the feeling in her feet.
After about two weeks, he moved her to a closet where he kept her in chains. He ordered her to write a letter to her parents. She did, but told Young she still had some false fingernails on and carved a message on the back of the letter. When Kibby discovered the carving, he Tasered her, raped her and ordered her to write them a second letter.
Young said the assaults continued. He set up a camp-style toilet and when the stench became too foul, he would bring in kitty litter and bleach.
On Nov. 21, said Young, he moved her to a room he built in the back of the storage container on his property.
Young said the victim gave an exact description of the room in the container including the green walls, the rubber mats, and four milk crates with things for personal hygiene and some food supplies. She said the door was locked from the outside, there were cameras blinking inside, and he told her if she tried to open it, the room would catch fire and she would burn.
In February, he returned her into the house and put a shock collar on her that was so tight it left scars. Young said he kept her sedated with marijuana, alcohol and sleeping pills. She said he showed her rifles and told her he would shoot her family, her dog and her friends if she got away.
The assaults continued but he prepped her as to what she should say to police if he let her go. Young also said he made counterfeit money and would use it to pay for prostitutes.
In July, a woman was arrested who had taken money from him and she gave the police a couple of $50 bills. Young said he started cleaning and returned to her July 20, 2014. The woman, Lauren Munday, had been arrested on May 12 on a parole violation and a material witness order. She has been held in the Belknap County jail for the past two days.
Young said she agreed to the plea bargain so she could "save (the victim) the embarrassment (of telling) what that monster did to her. She assured the court that all of the allegation could be substantiated with evidence.
Kibby said he accepted responsibility for what he had done and admitted to Smukler that he had committed the crimes. He apologized for his actions. He also stared at her while she gave her victim impact statement.
Before sentencing Kibby, Smukler said the fact that he didn't kill her was not a mitigating factor in his decision to take his plea. He said the sentence is light, as far as he was concerned, and that the only reason he accepted it was to spare the victim from testifying against him.
Smukler said what Kibby had done was "every parent's nightmare" and that if had gone to trial and lost, he would never see the light of day again outside a prison cell.
Kibby was sentenced to serve 10 to 20 years on one count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, 10 to 20 years on a second count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, 10 to 20 years on a third count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, 5 to 10 years for kidnapping, 3 ½ to 7 years for witness tampering, 3 ½ years for second-degree assault, and 5 to 10 years for criminal threatening. All of the sentenced are to be served consecutive to each other and he was given credit for 659 days time served on the first rape charge.
In exchange for the plea, the state agreed that he would serve his sentence outside of New Hampshire, that the federal government would not prosecute him on any federal charges, that he would disclose the location of several ounces of marijuana and that he would be eligible for parole once 2/3 of his minimum sentence was served and the state wouldn't object as a routine matter.
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