DADE CITY — A teenager who was convicted last month of first-degree murder has started petitioning for a new trial.
Miguel Angel Ibarra, 19, was convicted Sept. 21 and sentenced to life in prison without parole, according to court records. Two weeks later he filed the motion for a new trial.
The request said that Circuit Judge Susan Gardner erred in denying Ibarra's motions for acquittal after prosecutors presented their case and also that the judge overruled objections his lawyer made during the trial. Ibarra's lawyers also said that Ibarra learned later from an inmate that two fellow inmates who testified against him bragged that they did it "in hopes of getting a lesser sentence."
The shooting happened the night of March 8 on the streets of Tommytown. Armando Uribe Jr., 39, was shot three times in the back. His body was found near 14922 Dade St.
Ibarra, of 37524 Martin Luther King Blvd., told investigators he was at home asleep from 9:30 p.m. to the time of the shooting. He provided a witness of his own, but that witness poked holes in the story.
The witness said the two of them met before the killing, and Ibarra was upset with Uribe and going to look for him.
Two days after the shooting, Ibarra was arrested and charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the 16600 block of Spring Valley Road in Dade City. He is still awaiting trial on charges of burglary and grand theft.