'Get me drunk, it's ugly': Life in prison for shooting deaths of brothers outside Wisconsin bar
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Nathan Kivi

By Katie DeLong, WITI

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (WITI) -- A Trevor man convicted in a shooting outside Beach Bar in Twin Lakes that would take the lives of two brothers in November 2017 was sentenced to life in prison Monday, June 3.

Nathan Kivi, 26, was convicted by a jury on all counts in April:

  • First degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, repeater — two counts

  • Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, repeater

  • Felony bail jumping, repeater, use of a dangerous weapon — two counts

Kivi received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on the homicide convictions. He received nine years in prison and five years’ extended supervision on the firearm conviction, and seven years in prison and three years’ extended supervision on the bail jumping convictions, for a total of 23 years in prison and 11 years’ extended supervision. He was also ordered to pay more than $31,000 in restitution.

It happened Nov. 24, 2017 after an argument in the bar led to a fight in the parking lot near S. Lake Avenue and Barry Road. Prosecutors said Kivi was upset after people “threw things at his truck,” breaking a window. He was out on signature bond at the time.

Police were called out around 2 a.m. for a shooting in progress.

Upon arrival, officials observed “multiple men and women yelling,” surrounding two men who were laying on the ground in the parking lot. A witness said the victims, identified as Kenneth and Richard Samuel, had been shot, and the suspects fled the scene.

Richard Samuel, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene. He suffered four gunshot wounds. Kenneth Samuel, 31, was taken to the hospital and died during surgery. He suffered two gunshot wounds.

In a statement to investigators, the complaint indicated Kivi said on the night of the shooting “there were a bunch of people arguing and someone threw something through the back of his truck window.” He said he was angry and “blackout drunk,” indicating he “didn’t sober up until 7 a.m.”

When asked what provoked the shooting, the complaint said Kivi indicated “a drunk idiot in the bar started stuff, and (his friend) got lippy.” After “people came outside and started throwing things at his truck” he said he tried to leave and was driving away when “suddenly there was something coming through the back window of his truck.” He said the first shot fired in the parking lot “was a warning” because “they were throwing (expletive) at my truck while I was sitting there.” He said: “Get me drunk, and it’s ugly. It’s not all the time, but when I start drinking, don’t (expletive) me off.”

The complaint noted that in June 2017 a $10,000 signature bond was set in a case charging Kivi with strangulation and misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

Kivi pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, domestic abuse assessments and one count of felony bail jumping in June 2018. He was sentenced to serve two years in prison and two years’ extended supervision.

He was also convicted of burglary in Kenosha County in 2012, and thus prohibited from possessing a firearm.

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