Man Sentenced in Shootout Kidnapping

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge has ordered nearly 28 years in prison for a man involved in a May kidnapping that ended with a shootout near a Dallas Wal-Mart.

Juan Jose Ornelas-Castro in July was among four men who pleaded guilty over the abduction, shooting and beating of Carlos Moreno Esquivel of Richardson.

The four pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping, using interstate communication facilities to demand ransom and one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during or in relation to a violent crime.

Ornelas-Castro, sentenced to 330 months, had faced a maximum life prison term.

Esquivel was later charged with participating in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Esquivel, the other three men, plus a woman who pleaded guilty, will be sentenced in November.

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