Letter says man who kidnapped, raped girl wanted to testify

  • Nathaniel Kibby, right, looks around the courtroom during pretrial motions in Balknap County Superior Court Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Laconia, N.H. Kibby has been charged with kidnapping a teenager and holding her hostage for several months. His trial will begin early next year. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool) Jim Cole

Associated Press
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Court documents show a New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her repeatedly during nine months of captivity wanted to testify in his own defense at trial.

The Boston Globe reported Nathaniel Kibby wrote in a letter to Belknap County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler dated May 13, 2016, that “there is no doubt whatsoever that I will execute my right to testify.”

Kibby pleaded guilty to kidnapping and other charges on May 26, 2016. He was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in prison. He had been scheduled to go on trial in June.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled last month that letters Kibby wrote during that time can be made public.