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Former Councilman Pleads Guilty to Assault, Unlawful Use of Weapon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former Springfield City Councilmember will be sentenced in January, after pleading guilty to charges in incidents nearly two years ago.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former Springfield City Councilmember will be sentenced in January, after pleading guilty to charges in two incidents nearly two years ago.

Nicholas Ibarra, 34, represented Springfield's Zone 1 at the time of the incidents.  He resigned after being charged.

According to online court records, Ibarra pleaded guilty today to two counts of second degree assault, one count of evidence tampering and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Prosecutors originallyi charged him with three counts of second degree assault and tampering with evidence, in connection with a Thanksgiving Day, 2011 road rage incident.   Ibarra allegedly got into a rolling argument with another driver that started near National and Grand.  It ended at a house in the 700 block of S. Hazelnut, where Ibarra allegedly followed the other driver.  The probable cause statement said when one of the men involved called 911 and noticed a liquor bottle in the car,  Ibarra tried to drive away. Fearing he was driving while intoxicated, two men tried to stop him and one was dragged for about 600 feet by Ibarra's car, court documents claimed.

In the second incident,  Ibarra was charged with unlawful use of a weapon on New Year's Day, 2012, after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife and himself.  According to the court documents in that case, Ibarra allegedly threatened to kill himself with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. His wife told police Ibarra pointed the gun at her, and said, "then you are going to die," when she threatened to call 911.

In today's plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed one of the assault counts from the Thanksgiving Day incident.

Ibarra is scheduled to be sentenced January 9, 2013.

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