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Mapleton, Iowa, man to plead guilty to shooting conspiracies

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ONAWA, Iowa | A Mapleton, Iowa, man accused of twice having someone shoot him to gain sympathy from his estranged wife, has agreed to a plea deal, court document show.

Darren Hieber, 32, agreed to plead guilty to one charge of conspiracy and two counts of solicitation for shootings in Monona County, Iowa, earlier this year, according to a signed plea agreement.

He faces a total of 12 charges in three court cases. The remaining charges will be dismissed in exchange for his guilty pleas.

He is scheduled to plead guilty at Aug. 20 in Onawa, Iowa.

Hieber is accused of convincing Brady Chapman, an employee of his trucking business, to shoot him in the leg Feb. 5 in Onawa. At the time of the shooting, Hieber told police he was shot while interrupting a burglary.

Investigators said Hieber later hired Joseph Roberts, 19, and Timothy Culley, 19, both of Omaha, to shoot at him on March 8 in Mapleton. No one was hurt in that incident.

Authorities have said Hieber conceived the plots to get attention and sympathy from his ex-wife.

Roberts and Culley were both sentenced to five years probation for their roles in the plot.

Roberts received the sentence for pleading guilty to reckless use of a firearm and extortion. Culley pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

Chapman, the trucking employee, pleaded guilty to reckless use of a firearm. He was also sentenced to probation.


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