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Man gets 10 years for holding hostage

Man gets 10 years for holding hostage

A man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit hostage-taking over the disappearance of 600 pounds of marijuana in 2010.

Luis Humberto Contreras-Figueroa, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jose A. Soto on Monday after Contreras-Figueroa pleaded guilty in August to the conspiracy charge, according to a news release.

In April 2010, Contreras-Figueroa and five others conspired to kidnap and hold for ransom another individual over the disappearance of the marijuana. Authorities intervened and freed the bound hostage, said officials.

Agents captured five of the six kidnappers, and confiscated weapons, including an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle. Each of the five pleaded guilty between 2011 and 2012, and were sentenced up to 10 years in prison, officials said.

Contreras-Figueroa fled from the scene before agents arrived and traveled to Mexico. In February, agents learned that he was back in Arizona, and was taken into custody.

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