Do Samuel Matta's Alleged Plans to "Publicly Assassinate" Joe Arpaio Seem Legitimate?

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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced yesterday that a gang member was "planning to publicly assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio using a high powered rifle."

The problems with Samuel Matta's alleged plot included the fact that he couldn't scrape together the $1,800 bond to see the light of day, and he was subsequently convicted of his charges. He's now locked up in the Florence prison for more than eight years.

Not surprisingly, most seasoned New Times readers weren't buying a lick of MCSO's claim.

"The investigation began in March of this year after Sheriff's detectives were tipped off by an inmate in jail on multiple homicide charges that Samuel Matta was allegedly planning to publicly assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio using a high powered rifle," MCSO said in a statement.

MCSO Sergeant Brandon Jones tells New Times that the existence of Matta's plot was confirmed through detectives' surveillance of the people involved.

The Sheriff's Office says Matta planned to carry out his assassination attempt once he got out of jail, and his motive was that he "believed that the Sheriff was personally responsible for the deportation of some of his members of his family to Mexico from their home in El Mirage."

Matta -- along with two members of the Mexican Mafia -- was eventually found by MCSO detectives to be involved in a plot to kill another inmate because he was in a rival gang, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Matta doesn't face any charges for the alleged Arpaio plot.

That said, based on the MCSO's explanation thus far, does the plot sound legitimate?

Cast your vote below:



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11 comments
PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol Arapaio is the boy who called wolf. Someday these fake accusations will come to bite him in the ass when no one gives a fuck and he gets killed.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

But the publicity caused OSB to have multiple AARPgasms. That was likely some of the purpose in addition to the distraction from bad bews.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

As Gerry said in another post, it's going to be very hard to convict anyone of conspiracy based on some jailhouse bravado mush. "When I get out I'm going to get a high powered rifle and off that bitch when he comes out of his office". "Yeh, Dude, do that for the cartel and I can guarantee you it will be easier when you come back to stir".  So, MCSO, what evidence of a conspiracy do you really have? Put it right out there on the 17th with all that great evidence you have about birth certificates. Hmmmm.... that makes me wonder if the Cold Case Posse was involved here. Stranger things have happened.

Coz
Coz

Arpaio, AKA, the clown of Maricopa County and Media Whore. Senile and as Whacked out as it gets.

unknown
unknown

this is such bs! this guy has been in prison serving 8 years. how can he be released on a 1,800 bond?? the news is saying he is illegal. he isnt illegal, i know because he is family! he was born and raised in arizona. i think they have their so called "story" messed up. the guys in the county jail are probably the ones who are trying to assassinate arpaio! the media makes my stomach turn, they are such liars. get the story straight, dummies!!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

We have no reason to believe anything that comes from MCSO. This is EXACTLY why the elected official needs to be replaced. We need a professional law enforcement officer running the agency, not a geriatric goon whose only interest is self aggrandizement.  Like Steven Seagal, the old bat is finished here and needs to move on. I hear folks in Massachusetts have lovely fields of clover needing attention.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Its almost mind boggling. what this corrupt. ASSHOLE. and his PR. people will do to get his bloated. face on t.v. or in the news...remember the cell phone incident .....MOSTLY.......REMEMBER THE YOUNG KID THEY TRIED TO RAILROAD WITH THAT FAKE BOMB PLOT?? for which he was found INNOCENT??? it was complete with. news media .....for some reason .....the t.v. cameras. pander to this gutter slime with a sheriffs badge. on ......

Fuck Da Sheriff
Fuck Da Sheriff

If the cartel or cartels wanted him dead, they would have taken care of it already. The drug runners feel much safer in maricopa county knowing that america's dumbest sheriff only focuses on landscapers and maids.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

With all the gangs and cartel members in Maricopa County I would think they like Joe. He doesn't do too much regarding taking care of business that already exists...his examples of drug busts don't do much to stop the flow of illegal drugs.

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