Former Boyfriend Of Missing Kenyan Woman In Gillette Jailed For Six Years.

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Inset former boyfriend of Irene Gakwa Nathan Hightman

Source Gillette news

A man who stole thousands of dollars from his missing fiancée’s bank account, ran up her credit cards and deleted her email account in the days and weeks after she went missing has been sentenced to up to six years in prison, three years of probation and must pay more than $13,000 in fines and restitution.

Nathan J. Hightman, 39, was given imposed three- to six-year prison sentences for felony theft and unlawful use of a credit card convictions at his sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.

The sentences are set to run concurrent to each other, with a suspended two- to three-year sentence for crimes against intellectual property to follow. That sentence has been suspended in favor of three years of supervised probation that will begin once Hightman is released from prison.

District Judge James M. “Mike” Causey fined Hightman $2,000 for each of the three convictions, but suspended one of the fines. Hightman was ordered to pay $3,666.46 in restitution for money stolen from Irene Gakwa’s checking account and $3,230.65 for money charged to Gakwa’s credit cards.

Hightman was credited for 81 days served, including 79 days in pre-sentence confinement in the Campbell County Detention Center after his bond was revoked at his late-March change of plea hearing.

On top of the fines and restitution, Hightman was ordered to pay $825 in other fees and $1,500 for the cost of his public defender, after the judge denied the attorney’s request to waive that cost.

In all, Hightman must pay just more than $13,200 in fines, restitution and fees.

Hightman pleaded guilty to the three felonies in March, each of which occurred in the days and weeks after Feb. 24, 2022, when his fiancée, Gakwa, was last seen in a video call with her parents.

The Gillette Police Department has named Hightman a person of interest in Gakwa’s missing person case, which remains ongoing.

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