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Nisbet sentenced to prison for voluntary manslaughter

Nisbet sentenced to prison for voluntary manslaughter
MOSCOW, ID - The man who shot Moscow resident Charles McMichael to death last fall will spend at least two years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains what happened during his sentencing Monday morning.

"I'm sentencing Mr. Nisbet to no less than two, no more than 15-years," said Idaho Second District Judge John Stegner.

Nathaniel Nisbet, 28, was sentenced Monday morning after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in April.

"I think Mr. Nisbet operated under the impression that he could, quote, stand his ground," said Judge Stegner.

Nisbet was originally arrested last November after he shot and killed 42-year-old Charles McMichael during a confrontation at the Bel Air Mobile Home Park in Moscow.

"Mr. McMichael was shot six times," said Judge Stegner.

"It is tragic that a man, father and husband has lost his life, and another man will have to live with that for the rest of his life," said Defendant Nathaniel Nisbet.

Nisbet's attorneys explained that at the time of the shooting, he was fearful of McMichael, and that Nisbet was trying to defend himself when McMichael came toward him in the trailer. The defense asked the judge to keep Nisbet out of the state prison.

"Violence is never the answer, Moscow deserves better than that," said Nisbet.

Nisbet expressed his regrets, and explained that the situation got out of hand.

"I can't go back," said Nisbet. "Lives have been changed. I can only go forward and do my best to share this story and hope that just one young man will pick up the phone instead of a gun."

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson argued that Nisbet's actions should put him in prison, and it'll be up to parole officers to determine how long he stays there.

"Mr. Nisbet's now going to have to step up and prove himself," said Prosecutor Thompson.

Judge Stegner agreed with the State. Nisbet will serve at least two years for voluntary manslaughter, but he could be in custody for up to 15-years.

Nisbet also faces over $8,000 in fines and court costs. He'll pay a $5,000 civil fine, and more than $3,000 in restitution for victims compensation counseling for McMichael's family.
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