On September 25, 2018, Jesus Ibarra was given a stayed prison sentence of 117 months and put on probation after pleading guilty to 1st degree assault of an elderly gentleman in the city of St. James.  According to Minnesota sentencing guidelines, 117 months was the maximum term available for this charge.
Judge Stephen Ferrazzano raised concerns at the sentencing date because of new pending charges that had just been brought against Ibarra.  But because there was a deal made between the prosecution and defense to get to that point, the judge agreed to follow the recommendations.  At that time the judge gave the reasons of his age, agreement by the family, and his willingness to be on probation as to why he accepted departing from normal sentencing guidelines.
The terms of Ibarra’s probation included a one-year segment of local jail, stay in contact with his probation agent, no use of controlled substances, random testing, and other basic probation requirements.  Soon after his release from Watonwan County Jail on December 22, 2018, Ibarra failed to contact his probation agent despite multiple attempts by his agent to make contact.  A warrant for his arrest was issued and he was picked up shortly thereafter.  He tested positive for a variety of controlled substances including marijuana and alprazolam(Xanax).
On March 12, 2019, Ibarra admitted that he was in violation of the terms of his probation.  Watonwan County Attorney Stephen Lindee argued for the execution of the sentence, while Ibarra’s attorney, Kevin Green, argued for continued probation.  A witness from probation was called to testify.  The judge executed Ibarra’s prison sentence of 117 months.
The sentences on two other 5th degree controlled substance cases for which Ibarra was on probation for were also executed to run concurrently with the 1st degree assault sentence.