Former Claremont Officer Turns Down Plea Deal

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Newport — The former Claremont police officer accused of performing an illegal search and falsifying his report has turned down a plea offer from the state, according to court proceedings.

Ian Kibbe, 30, appeared in Sullivan Superior Court on Tuesday for a dispositional conference, and Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said the state made Kibbe a plea offer. Ward declined to comment on what the offer was; the offer isn’t detailed in court documents.

Kibbe, through his attorney, Eric Wilson, hadn’t responded in paperwork, but in court Wilson said: “the offer by the state would not be accepted by the defense.”

Judge Brian Tucker set Kibbe’s case for trial in December, with jury selection to start on Dec. 3.

Ward said he would need two days for trial.

Kibbe has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of conspiracy to commit perjury and attempted perjury, as well as two counts each of unsworn falsification and obstructing government administration, both misdemeanors.

Kibbe was arrested and charged in April after authorities said he lied about how he discovered weapons during an arrest in Claremont in February.

The date of his next court hearing wasn’t immediately available.