Friday, September 13 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-09-14 00:04:38 GMT
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 killingMore >>
Carmen Cardenas pleads no contest to accessory to murder after the fact, gets more than three years in state prison.More >>
Thursday, August 29 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-08-29 23:22:20 GMT
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - The Santa Barbara County Juvenile Court off of Foster Road near Santa Maria is one of the largest courtrooms in the county. Because it handles juvenile criminal and civil cases,More >>
Administrators determined Juvenile Court is sufficient to provide desks and seating for all eleven defendants and their attorneys.More >>
Friday, July 26 2013 7:59 PM EDT2013-07-26 23:59:00 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Security, public access and cost are the main considerations in finding a larger venue for the Anthony Ibarra murder case involving 11 defendants. Central Coast News has learned the firstMore >>
Modifying Santa Maria courtroom or moving to larger, County Juvenile Court deemed two best options.More >>
Wednesday, July 17 2013 8:15 PM EDT2013-07-18 00:15:03 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Eleven defendants charged in the alleged, kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra earlier this year are due in Santa Maria court Thursday morning. Lead prosecuting deputy DistrictMore >>
Eleven defendants in Anthony Ibarra murder case due in Santa Maria court Thursday morning.More >>
Thursday, July 11 2013 8:09 PM EDT2013-07-12 00:09:15 GMT
SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria home at the heart of the Ibarra case remains unoccupied, the windows boarded up and weeds growing nearly as tall as the roof. Its been several months since Santa Maria PoliceMore >>
Eleven suspects indicted on murder and accessory charges.More >>
Friday, June 7 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-07 23:25:59 GMT
SANTA MARIA - 54 year old Pedro Torres was so badly beaten in his Santa Barbara County Jail cell last Monday that the County Sheriff's Department, which runs the jail, said Torres could not attend hisMore >>
Pedro Torres was hospitalized after being beaten in his jail cell last Monday. More >>
Thursday, June 6 2013 8:16 PM EDT2013-06-07 00:16:13 GMT
SANTA MARIA - They walked into Santa Maria Court dressed in their own personal clothing and not Santa Barbara County Jail jumpsuits, a key condition for allowing news cameras in court for the first time. SomeMore >>
Sheriff's Department says one of the eleven defendants was beaten in his jail cell on Monday and unable to attend court hearing.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-06-05 16:03:38 GMT
SANTA MARIA – There are eleven defendants charged in the alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra in a Santa Maria back in March. With eleven attorneys at their side, all eleven defendantsMore >>
Arraignments for eleven defendants in gang-related homicide case on Thursday.
Monday, June 3 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-06-03 23:40:16 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Court had never seen anything like the child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson nearly a decade ago. By contrast, the arraignment later this week of 11 defendantsMore >>
The arraignment of 11 defendants in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra will be a challenge for court administration.More >>
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.
Wednesday, December 18 2013 12:49 AM EST2013-12-18 05:49:04 GMT
SANTA MARIA - When it comes to independently owned grocery store chains on the Central Coast, John Spencer is the last owner standing. "I started in this store as a meat cleanup kid trying to putMore >>
Former five store chain left with two in Morro Bay and Santa Maria.
Tuesday, December 17 2013 8:42 PM EST2013-12-18 01:42:27 GMT
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif- 53-year-old Scott Boaz of San Luis Obispo was killed in a tragic accident last night on Buckley Road. It happened during one of the busiest times of the day just after 5:30pm. BoazMore >>
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif- 53-year-old Scott Boaz of San Luis Obispo was killed in a tragic accident last night on Buckley Road. It happened during one of the busiest times of the day just after 5:30pm.More >>
Tuesday, December 17 2013 6:52 PM EST2013-12-17 23:52:10 GMT
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif- It looks like the butterflies in Monarch Grove in Los Osos are staying for the holidays. They usually take off earlier in the winter but researchers have been finding waysMore >>
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif- It looks like the butterflies in Monarch Grove in Los Osos are staying for the holidays. They usually take off earlier in the winter but researchers have been finding ways for them to stay cozy all winter. More >>
Tuesday, December 17 2013 2:01 AM EST2013-12-17 07:01:51 GMT
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - As the holiday nears, more Christmas lights are going up in Santa Maria.The City has announced its winners for the 17th annual Lights, Sights, and Holiday Nights decoration contest.More >>
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - As the holiday nears, more Christmas lights are going up in Santa Maria.More >>