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Mar 6, 2014 5:18 PM by KSBY Staff

Anthony Ibarra murder case defendant pleads no contest

One of the defendants in the Anthony Ibarra murder trial changed her plea today.

Verenisa Castillo Aviles previously pleaded not guilty, but today pleaded no contest to kidnapping, committing force likely to cause great bodily injury, and false imprisonment.

Charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder will be dismissed when she is sentenced on May 8. She is expected to get nine years and eight months in prison.

Aviles was one of eleven people arrested in connection to Ibarra's death. The Santa Maria man's body was found in the back of a U-Haul truck parked on an Orcutt street in March of 2013. Investigators say he was tortured and killed at a home in Santa Maria.

Two other defendants, Pedro Torres and Carmen Cardenas, previously pleaded guilty and no contest, respectively, to charges of being accessories to the crime.

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