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Family of slain Wis. man gives Crime Stoppers $7K


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a man killed by a hit-and-run driver has donated $7,000 to Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers.

   Relatives of John "Mingo" Kennedy credit the program for bringing in the tip that led to a conviction in the case.

   Kennedy was a Green Bay resident who would have turned 21 on Friday. He was killed in January when his wheelchair was hit by a pickup truck that stopped briefly, then sped off.

   A Crime Stoppers tip helped lead to the driver's arrest. Forty-one-year-old Mark Sperber was convicted and will be sentenced next month.

   Jeff Kennedy is the victim's father. He says the family is convinced that without Crime Stoppers, the crime would have gone unsolved.

   A Green Bay Press-Gazette report says Crime Stoppers' annual budget is $3,000.


   Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

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