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Defendant Sentenced in Ibarra Homicide Case Plea Deal

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SANTA MARIA - 28 year old Carmen Cardenas has pleaded no contest to accessory to murder after the fact, along with a gang enhancement, and sentenced to prison in the alleged kidnapping, torture and killing of Anthony Ibarra last March inside a home in Santa Maria .

Ibarra's body was found in the back of an abandoned U-Haul truck parked on a residential street in Orcutt.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office says Cardenas accepted the plea agreement last month.

"She admitted the gang allegation, and last week on September 5th she was sentenced to  3 years, 4 months in state prison", says Assistant District Attorney Ann Bramsen.

Sources tell Central Coast News Cardenas is likely to serve less than her full sentence with credit for time she has already served in Santa Barbara County Jail since her arrest earlier this year and any time she will get off for good behavior while in prison.

Cardenas is not expected to testify against the other defendants if the Ibarra case goes to trial.

"We did not have any agreement that she would participate in the trial", Bramsen added.

The Ibarra case was switched to the larger, more secure, County Juvenile Court Complex to better accommodate the defendants and their attorneys.

The Ibarra homicide case is expected to remain at the County Juvenile Court in the near future, but whether or not there will be more plea agreements among the now ten defendants remains to be seen.

"Out of the ten that are left, 9 are charged with murder, and one is charged with the same thing as Ms. Cardenas, accessory after the fact to murder with a gang allegation", Bramsen says, "I don't know if we'll have plea agreements or not, we don't have anything going on at the moment, but we have a long way to go."

The Ibarra case returns to County Juvenile Court on October 18 for the formal arraignments of the ten defendants, all of whom remain in county jail or in juvenile hall.


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