Overpass Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A teen has been sentenced to probation in the case of a woman who was killed after being hit by a landscaping stone dropped from an interstate overpass.

Jessica Kappius ws sentenced Monday for obstructing justice by lying to investigators about her friend’s involvement in the death. She was ordered to serve 150 hours of community service.

Kappius, who was 15 at the time of her arrest, also was ordered to write a letter of apology to the family of 33-year-old victim Michelle Fergus of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Kappius admitted being with a group of teens July first on the overpass where two landscaping stones were dropped onto Interstate 680 below. One of the stones struck the car in which Fergus was a passenger.

Seventeen-year-old Eric Warbelton has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Beerman is awaiting trial in Douglas County District Court on a manslaughter charge in connection with the case.


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