Almost 680 days after the death of Kelsey Nalepa, 8, her family on Wednesday finally got some sense of closure, surrounded by friends and relatives in a courtroom packed with people wearing shirts of purple, her favorite color.

“She truly had no enemies,” said Nicole Nalepa, Kelsey’s mother. “I have no doubt she was going to go on to make a huge impact in this world. Her father said it best at her funeral, she had a light that shined brighter than most. And it was extinguished far too early.”

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(6) comments

Rusty Schroeder

This is a complete failure on the part of the DA's office, they should publicly apologize for this plea agreement. 10 years probation, that's nothing other than an insult to justice.

Terry Moore

No words

Stephanie Martin


Jon Babara

Robert Durst effect lives in Galveston! Kill a child get probation smh

George Croix

Gives new meaning to ‘bevy’....
I thought the previous trials deadlocked over inability to prove the drinking and driving
Must be wrong, because this time it’s admitted to....
The killer should count her lucky stars that she was in Galveston County....

Wayne Holt

Seriously? Deferred adjudication and visiting a grave once a year for killing a child while you were intoxicated? Not a day in jail?

Looks like they really threw the book at Diebel. Fortunately for her, it completely missed the target.

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