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A minister is alleged to have given nearly $40,000 to hired killers in order to murder his daughter’s boyfriend. The boyfriend survived the attack and reported the incident to the police

A California pastor is alleged to have paid almost $40,000 to hired hitmen in order to murder his daughter’s boyfriend, who survived being shot and reported the incident to the police while in the hospital.

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Samuel Pasillas, bottom right, and Juan Manuel Cebreros, top right, were arrested in a murder-for-hire plot in California that left a man injured. (Shot up car screenshot from KABC/YouTube; Mug shots from Riverside Police Department)

Samuel Pasillas, bottom right, and Juan Manuel Cebreros, top right, were arrested for a murder-for-hire scheme in California that left a man injured. (Video thumbnail from KABC/YouTube; Mug shots from Riverside Police Department)

A California a pastor is accused of paying nearly $40,000 to hit men for the purpose of killing his daughter’s boyfriend. The boyfriend was shot but survived, and then reported the incident to the police while in the hospital.

Samuel Pasillas, 47, and Juan Manuel Cebreros, 55, were taken into custody on March 13 during police raids at three homes in two counties in Southern California.

The incident came to attention on Oct. 21 when Riverside police were called to a hospital regarding a man who had been shot, according to authorities in a news release. The shooting occurred that evening around 7 p.m. in Riverside, a suburb about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The man informed the police that while driving on Grove Community Drive towards Plainview Street, another vehicle pulled up beside him and someone inside the vehicle shot at him. He sustained several gunshot wounds and drove himself to the hospital in his bullet-riddled car.

Investigators quickly discovered that the shooting was a contracted hit, and the victim had been in a relationship with a woman whose father is a pastor at a Spanish-speaking church in the city of Victorville, situated in the high desert northeast of LA.

On the night of the shooting, the pastor reportedly met with the hired men, providing them with information about the victim and his location, and paid them nearly $40,000 to monitor the victim in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

A third individual was being pursued, as per local ABC affiliate KABC . No details about other suspects were disclosed due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, police noted.

Pasillas and Cebreros were placed on a $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center for solicitation for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. They entered not guilty pleas during their arraignments on Friday. A felony settlement conference is scheduled for Tuesday in Riverside, as per online court records.

Pasillas’ public defender did not respond immediately to a request for comment from Law&Crime.

The Los Angeles Times stated that it was unable to reach anyone from Pasillas’ church, Centro Internacional de Oracion.

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