Idaho Man Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder Of Wife In Oil Change Accident

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A Marsing, Idaho man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife by causing a car to fall on her while she changed the oil.

The Idaho Statesman reports 38-year-old Rodney Wayne Bibbey initially told police that his wife was changing the oil in her car when the jack slipped. An investigation determined the April 2012 death of 35-year-old Trina Bibbey was a homicide.

Bibbey was indicted by a grand jury in Owyhee County for first degree murder and he appeared in the afternoon of March 18, 2013 in 3rd District Court. Bibbey was booked into the Owyhee County Jail.

He has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Oct. 21 in a plea agreement that reduced the charge of first-degree murder.

Prosecutor Doug Emery said that Bibbey could still face up to life in prison at his sentencing in December.

“By statute, he’d have to serve at least 10 years in the state penitentiary,” he said.

Emery said he has yet to review all of the information from the pre-sentencing before he would know what he will recommend to Judge Molly Huskey at the sentencing.

Bibbey is set to appear in court to be sentenced on Dec. 23 in that case and for a conviction of injuring a child. He was initially charged with sexual abuse of a child under 16. That case was brought about from a February 2013 incident in which a 12-year-old girl received a vibrator from Bibbey, who offered to show her how to use it and pressed it against her leg, Emery said.

Bibbey faces one to 10 years in prison in that case. That sentencing is also scheduled for Dec. 23.