Ex-Missouri Councilman Sentenced To 120 Days In Jail, 5 Years Probation

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Former Springfield City Councilman Nicholas Ibarra sentenced Thursday to 120 days in prison after he pleaded guilty in November to two counts of assault, tampering with evidence and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to KY3.com, the 33-year-old Ibarra was also sentenced to five year’s probation, which includes a mental health treatment program. If he completes the program successfully, Ibarra will have no felony record.

Three of the counts stem from an incident that occurred in November 2011 when Ibarra assaulted two men in a road rage.

Ibarra was stopped at a traffic signal and didn’t move through two green lights. That’s when a driver said he honked at Ibarra. The driver said Ibarra followed him to his family’s home, where he identified himself as a city councilman.

Ibarra dragged the two men with his car and tried to run one of them into a brick mailbox after they tried to stop him from leaving.

The second case occurred on New Year’s Day 2012, when Ibarra threatened to kill his estranged wife at home. According to court documents, he picked up a gun, put in a clip and cycled a round into the chamber before threatening to shoot her and himself.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Ibarra’s ex-wife, Kara, and Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky asked the judge for a light sentence.

Ibarra’s time serving in the U.S. Marine Corps resulted in the mental health issues, his attorney said.

Ibarra resigned from the council in January 2012.

The two felony assault counts carry a prison sentence of up to seven years, while tampering with evidence and unlawful use of a weapon carry up to four years. The judge could extend Ibarra’s sentences, if he violates terms of his probation.