Roelofsen granted parole six months into two year sentence


WRIGHT CO., Iowa – A north Iowa man convicted of drunken driving in connection to a deadly crash in 2012 has been granted parole.

Last September Jonathan Roelofsen, of Kanawha, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Authorities say in August of 2012 Roelofsen was driving the car that hit and killed his girlfriend, 26-year-old Sabrina Reibsamen, on a rural road south of Kanawha.

Prosecutors did not charge him with vehicular homicide because an Iowa State Patrol investigation showed alcohol was not the cause of the accident.

Roelofsen was charged with an OWI, second offense. Sabrina’s family believed harsher charges should have come down in the case.

“I know a lot of people were saying he wanted to come over and talk to us. I don’t want nothing to do with him. We’ve seen him one time on the street and my heart jumped out of my chest,” said Pam Reibsamen, mother of Sabrina.

A little more than a year has passed since Sabrina’s death, and with the news that Roelofsen is out of jail, Pam says she doesn’t know what she plans to do going forward other than lean on her family and community for support.

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