LOS ANGELES—A antheral who helped successful the deadly kidnapping of a Chinese antheral from a Los Angeles-area buying promenade was sentenced Friday to much than 16 years successful national prison.
Anthony Valladares, 29, of Pasadena, was sentenced a twelvemonth aft pleading blameworthy to 1 number of conspiracy to kidnap Ruochen “Tony” Liao of Santa Ana.
Liao, a Chinese national, owned a Southern California car dealership that sold high-end cars specified arsenic Porches and Bentleys.
Prosecutors accidental 2 Chinese men organized his July 16, 2018, kidnapping from a promenade parking batch successful suburban San Gabriel. Liao was lured into a minivan.
Prosecutors contend that Valladares was hired arsenic “muscle” for the kidnapping.
Liao’s parents successful China were sent demands for a $2 cardinal ransom and ordered to deposit outgo successful Chinese slope accounts, according to tribunal documents.
However, the wealth wasn’t paid, authorities said.
Liao was severely beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun weapon during the snatching. He was believed to person been held successful a closet astatine a location successful Corona and died the time aft the kidnapping.
He was buried successful the Mojave Desert. But his remains yet were recovered and identified.
Also charged was Alexis Ivan Romero Velez, 25, of Azusa, the operator of the minivan. He pleaded blameworthy successful 2019 to conspiracy to kidnap and awaits sentencing.
Two Chinese citizens who had been surviving successful West Covina—Guangyao Yang, 28, and Peicheng Shen, 35— are being held successful China connected charges filed determination related to the kidnapping, the U.S. attorney’s bureau said.
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