Kennewick Night Club Bouncer to Spend Less than a Month in Jail
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The bouncer of a Kennewick night club will spend less than a month behind bars for his assault conviction.
A Benton County Judge this morning sentenced 41-year-old Mathew Hibbard to one year in jail, but with work release for 345 of those days. Hibbard will spend 19 days physically in jail, starting March 27th.
In January, a jury found Hibbard guilty of 3rd degree aggravated assault.
"Matt is not the type of person that belongs in jail. We hear about our system overflowing with people being released because of lack of space and these are people that need to be there," says Todd Jones, the owner of Jack Didley's nightclub. "Matt is not this type of person; he's not a violent person."
Prosecutors say Hibbard used excessive force against club patron, 32-year-old Ben Ensign of Richland outside Jack Didley's bar.
"Is it the sentence we were after... not really," says Ben Ensign's mother Sheila Barichello. "But I also came into this this morning with total resolve because no matter if his sentence was a life sentence, whether it was one month or life, it's not going to change Ben."
Ensign suffered skull fractures in the confrontation and is still going through rehabilitation for his injuries.