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Accused Mapleton shooter-for-hire gets probation

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ONAWA, Iowa | An Omaha man was placed on probation Monday for his role in a plot to shoot a Mapleton, Iowa, man.

Timothy Culley, 19, pleaded guilty in Monona County District Court to one count each of conspiracy, extortion and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. A five-year prison sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation for five years.

Culley waived extradition to Missouri, where he faces a probation revocation and a prison sentence of two to seven years. His Iowa probation will begin once he's completed his Missouri prison sentence.

Culley was one of two men charged along with Darren Hieber, who is accused of hiring Culley and Joseph Roberts to shoot at him on March 8 in Mapleton. No one was hurt in the incident.

Roberts, 19, of Omaha, is scheduled to be sentenced June 11 after pleading guilty earlier this month to reckless use of a firearm and extortion.

Hieber, 32, faces eight charges in the incident and is scheduled to stand trial May 22. He is also charged in a Feb. 5 incident in which he was shot in the leg by Brady Chapman, an employee of his Onawa trucking shop. Hieber told police he was shot while interrupting a burglary at the shop. Chapman, 24, is charged with reckless use of a firearm, willful injury and making a false report. He has a plea hearing set for June 11.

Police have said Heiber arranged both incidents in hopes of getting attention and sympathy from his ex-wife.

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