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Geary County man convicted in 2018 murder-for-hire scheme

Samuel Ibarra-Chu, 31, was convicted on 21 charges for a murder-for-hire scheme on April 30.
Samuel Ibarra-Chu, 31, was convicted on 21 charges for a murder-for-hire scheme on April 30.(Geary Co. Jail)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 1:57 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 2:19 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A 31-year-old Geary County man was convicted on 21 charges stemming from a 2018 murder-for-hire scheme, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday.

Samuel Ibarra-Chu of Grandview Plaza was convicted in Geary County District Court after a five-day jury trial. Ibarra-Chu was found guilty on all 21 counts, including two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Sentencing is scheduled for July 25.

Authorities say Ibarra-Chu and two others conspired between July 11 and August 21 of 2018 to hire a hitman to murder an assistant Geary County attorney as well as a confidential informant. The plot was discovered before the murders could be carried out. Court cases for the other two individuals allegedly involved are still pending.

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