Six men sentenced to prison in kidnapping of college student

Six men sentenced to prison in kidnapping of college student
Monday, September 9, 2013 - 5:12pm

Six men have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in the kidnapping of a college student.

A U.S. District Judge sentenced six Mexican nationals, Roman Rivera-Guillen, 33, Jose Molina, 24, Alfonso Ivan Villasana, 20, Israel Flores Jr., 21, Julio Cesar Fernandez, 25, and Bernardino Sanchez, 23, for their roles in the hostage taking of a 19 year-old college student.

Back on November 7, 2012 McAllen police officers responded to a kidnapping at an apartment and found the front door had been kicked in and the victim missing.

Family members reported that they had received a call from the abductors who demanded $700,000 for the safe return of the victim or he would be injured.

Detectives were able to arrest five individuals, who admitted to being involved in the kidnapping, however, the men told investigators they had handed the victim over to another person who then released the victim, unharmed, the next day.

Rivera-Guillen was the leader in the conspiracy and he was sentenced to over 22 years in federal prison, while Molina, Villasana, Flores, Fernandez and Sanchez, received respective terms of 17 1/2, 12, 17 1/2, 19 1/2 and 17 1/2 months in prison.

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