Wohlford sentencing brings two-year case to a close

The conviction last week of Samantha Nicole Wohlford for the murder of her husband, Ernest Lee Ibarra Jr., brought to an end a series of criminal proceedings Titus County residents have followed for more than two years.

On Sept. 14, Wohlford was sentenced in a Camp County courtroom to 99 years for the murder of Ibarra, of Mount Pleasant, after having earlier been found guilty and sentenced to 50 years for his kidnapping.

Others involved in the crime — Johnathan Sanford, Jose Ponse and Octavious Rhymes — had already been sentenced on kidnapping and murder charges stemming from the events of February 2015 when, according to detailed information posted online by the Titus County Sheriff’s Office, the three men abducted Ibarra from his home.

“The three intruders dragged Ibarra from his sleep and commenced to beat and pistol-whip him,” according to the press release. “Allegedly, one of the men also dragged Ibarra’s wife Samantha Nicole Wohlford from the bed, tying her up to witness the violence.

“During the incident, Ibarra was removed from his home and was abducted. Titus County Sheriff’s Office then received a 911 call reporting the incident.”

Deputies quickly responded to the call and began interviewing Wohlford, while at the same time a search for Ibarra got underway.

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