La Paz County Attorney Press Release
On July 13, 2011, a La Paz County jury convicted Refugio Ibarra Jr., 23, of Parker, on two counts of Aggravated Assault and two counts of Endangerment. The case was heard in La Paz County Superior Court with Judge Michael Burke presiding. Ibarra faces a mandatory prison sentence of 5 to 36 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections and is not eligible for probation or early release. Sentencing is set for August 23, 2011.
On February 13, 2011, at a residence in Parker, Ibarra became involved in a disagreement with the victim. During the course of the disagreement, Ibarra attacked the victim with a knife, stabbing the victim multiple times. While Ibarra was attacking the victim, he also stabbed the mother of the victim who tried to stop the assault.
The case was prosecuted by Special Deputy County Attorney Chris Weede, and the lead investigator on the case was Ofc. Johnny Ferris of the Parker Police Department.
Statement from La Paz County Attorney Sam Vederman:
“Chris Weede did an outstanding job prosecuting this case and Officer Ferris conducted a thorough investigation along with his colleagues at the Parker Police Department. I also want to thank the jury for the time and effort they put into rendering their verdict.”