Target of San Manuel murder plot went into hiding
The intended victim of a murder-for-hire plot involving two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians faked his own death and went into hiding to avoid being killed, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

Leonard Epps was told by police to leave the state and cut ties with his family. He remains in hiding even after two tribal members and a third person who is connected to the Mexican Mafia pleaded guilty for their attempt to murder him.

Epps, however, says Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez, her brother Erik Barajas and the Mafia member, Salvador Orozco Hernandez, are getting off easy. "These people are being considered for short-term sentences, using house arrest and probation," Epps wrote in a victim statement being read in court today. "Wow, to think that it is okay to seek out the services of death through murder-for-hire and get a pass on liability."

Epps believes he was targeted because he may have witnessed the attempted murder of one of his friends by another tribal member. The friend was subsequently murdered.

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