YAKIMA, Wash. — The sister of a woman who was seriously wounded in a 2017 shooting in Wapato said she wants to see the man she once considered a friend go to prison.
“Mr. Oscar Ibarra was my best friend for 20 years,” Sylvia Almaguer told a Yakima County Superior Court judge Friday. “He came to my house to shoot my son, and he shot my sister instead. If he can do that to a person like us, what can he do to others?”
Ibarra, 35, of Wapato, was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison Friday for first-degree assault in the shooting of a woman outside an Egan Lane home and for trying to elude police in a car chase months later.
Prosecutors said Ibarra ordered his accomplice to shoot after going to the home to confront a fellow Norteño gang member he claimed had “disrespected” him.
Ibarra entered an Alford plea Oct. 25, three days into his jury trial. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain his innocence while acknowledging prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.
In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped three first-degree assault charges and one motor-vehicle theft charge. His sentence included a five-year firearms enhancement.
Ibarra told Judge Michael McCarthy that if he knew the information prosecutors were going to present in court before, he would have accepted a 13-year plea deal that was initially offered to him.
“I came into this case blind, I didn’t know nothing about this case,” Ibarra told the judge.
During the confrontation at the house Jan. 22, 2017, Ibarra ordered his codefendant, Michael Joseph Allred, to shoot, and Allred grazed one man and hit the woman in the shoulder with a single shot, according to police interviews with witnesses.
Allred, 39, was arrested shortly afterward and is awaiting trial. He was to have been tried in October, but the case was postponed after his attorney withdrew due to a conflict of interest.
Ibarra was arrested eight months later after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen motor vehicle, according to court records.
McCarthy also ordered Ibarra to submit to a substance-abuse evaluation and barred him from drinking any alcohol after Almaguer said Ibarra became violent when he was drunk.
“I hope this will give you a chance to improve yourself,” McCarthy replied.
“Doubt it,” Almaguer blurted out. “Do you (Ibarra) still think it was worth it?”