Murder-for-Hire Thwarted

Detectives Arrest Santa Maria Man for Plot to Kill Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend

A Santa Maria man —34-year-old Alfonso Garcia Medina — was arrested Tuesday, June 8, for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife’s boyfriend.

Alfonso Garcia Medina
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Alfonso Garcia Medina

According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Drew Sugars, a detective posed as a hit man and met with Medina. They discussed a plan of attack and even negotiated a price for the murder. Medina also allegedly showed the detective a photograph of the man he wanted killed along with photos of the man’s home and vehicles.

Detectives arrested Medina on a charge of solicitation to commit murder and booked him into Santa Barbara County Jail. His bail is set at $1 million.

This story has been amended to reflect that it was Medina's estranged wife's boyfriend that was targeted, not his ex-wife's boyfriend. They are not divorced.

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