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'Two realities': Hightman gets prison time, ordered to pay $13K as missing persons case continues

GILLETTE — Kennedy Wainaina and Chris Gakwa may have made their last trip to Gillette for a while.

They’ve made the nearly 800-mile drive several times since reporting their sister, Irene Gakwa, missing last March.

This time, they drove east in a 15-passenger van with eight other family members to attend the sentencing of Nathan J. Hightman, the man convicted of stealing from Irene’s bank account, running up her credit cards and deleting her email account in the days and weeks after she was last heard from.

At his sentencing Wednesday, Hightman, 39, was sentenced to up to six years in prison f...

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