Victoria man sentenced to prison, probation for slamming truck into other vehicles

Feb. 10, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2012 at 8:10 p.m.

A Victoria man was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated assault and endangering a child with a deadly weapon.

Benjamin Ibarra, 24, was found guilty on Thursday of three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of endangering a child with a deadly weapon.

The jury sentenced him to eight years in prison on each of the aggravated assault counts and recommended 10 years of probation in each of the endangering a child with a deadly weapon counts, according to a news release from the Victoria County District Attorney's Office.

Ibarra will have to serve his prison term before beginning the probation.

Ibarra was eligible for probation because he has never been convicted of a felony offense.

District Judge Robert C. Cheshire ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

Assistant Criminal District Attorney Keri Miller prosecuted the case.

Trial evidence showed that on March 14, Ibarra struck a vehicle containing his ex-girlfriend; her 2-year-old daughter; and another woman, according to the news release.

He then passed the victims' vehicle, put his truck in reverse, and rammed his vehicle into the victims' vehicle.

Also on March 28, Ibarra twice rammed his truck into the back of a vehicle containing a man and a minor child.

Ibarra passed the victims' vehicle and slammed on his brakes, causing the victims' vehicle to collide into his truck, according to the news release.

No one was seriously injured in either incident.



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