The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on April 5, 2018, Circuit Judge Allen Register sentenced Bhekiziziwe Jobber Sibeko to serve the maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and 60 days in the county jail for Driving Under the Influence Causing or Contributing to Serious Bodily Injury and Driving without a Driver’s License. Sibeko had entered an open plea to the court to those charges on February 14, 2018. The crime took place on July 11, 2017, when the Defendant drove his vehicle into the juvenile victim who was riding a scooter on Panama City Beach and dragged her body underneath his vehicle. The Defendant’s blood alcohol was tested at .197 and .198, more than twice the legal limit. Judge Register told the Defendant that remorse and regret do not immunize you from consequences.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.