Woman found guilty in boyfriend's stabbing death

WICHITA — A judge this morning found Gloria Ibarra guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Sedgwick County District Judge David Kaufman convicted Ibarra, 46, after she pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary.

A no contest plea doesn't admit guilt, but allowed Ibarra to take advantage of reduced charges to receive less prison time.

Ibarra had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the October 2008 death of Kevin Hadley, 49.

But at a preliminary hearing in January 2009, another judge said her statements to police indicated premeditation and increased the charge to first-degree murder.

First-degree murder carries a life sentence. Under voluntary manslaughter, defined as a killing in the "heat of passion," Ibarra faces between 40 and 20 years.

Prosecutor Marc Bennett told Kaufman that Ibarra went to Hadley's house in the 1600 block of North Hydraulic the night of Oct. 24, 2008. The two got in an argument and Ibarra stabbed Hadley twice.

Hadley barricaded himself in a bedroom, jumped out the window and made it to a neighbor's house before he died, police testified at the preliminary hearing.

Ibarra later told detectives that she went to Hadley's house to get $35 from him to buy drugs. She said he only had $5, erupting in the deadly argument.

Bennett said Hadley tried to get Ibarra to leave before she stabbed him. The aggravated burglary charge stems from being in a residence without permission to commit a felony.

Ibarra faces sentencing in July before Judge Greg Waller.