This is the second time this year I am writing about the abuse of the plea-bargaining of Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger’s office. I write this time regarding the criminal Luke J. Sibble (“Driver who hit woman pedestrian gets fine,” April 20, Page 13).
Sibble drove without a license — something he was arrested for at least three times in Butler County and three times in Allegheny County — and ran over a pedestrian on Jan. 26, 2017, on Fifth Avenue near New Castle Street.
This incident was caught on camera. He ran over Bobbi Jo Pengryn, breaking her ribs and back, lacerating her head and severely damaging her knee. He backed up to get the truck off of her to allow her to roll out from under the truck, and then he drove around her and fled the scene.
Because of the video, he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault, leaving the scene, accident involving injury or death, recklessly endangering another person, driving under suspension, and failure to stop and render aid. He has five previous arrests in Allegheny County for everything from speeding to running stop signs and driving uninspected vehicles. He has four previous arrests in Butler County for driving with suspended license.
After plea bargaining all the serious charges away, Sibble ended up being assessed a $200 fine by Judge Thomas Doerr in accordance with the plea bargain.
What does a murder suspect get? Brunch?
Last year, Goldinger said he was going to draw a hard line with regard to plea bargains. Is this the same hard line that Obama drew in Syria? Looks like it.
COURTESY OF BUTLER COUNTY EAGLE