Nebraskan gets probation for Iowa shooting plot

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man has been given five years of probation for his role in a plot to shoot an Iowa man.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 20-year-old Joseph Roberts, of Omaha, had pleaded guilty. Roberts was given a suspended five-year prison term in addition to the probation sentence he received on Monday.

Authorities say 32-year-old Darren Hieber, of Mapleton, hired Roberts and 19-year-old Timothy Culley to shoot him on March 8 in Mapleton. Police say it was the second time Hieber hired someone to shoot him to gain sympathy from his ex-wife.

Hieber also was shot on Feb. 5. Brady Chapman pleaded guilty in that case and was given two years of probation.

Culley was given five years of probation.

Hieber faces trial on July 31.