Tucson man sentenced to 25 years
after taking illegal entrant hostage
Tucson, Arizona | Published: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/219535
A Tucson man who tortured and held an illegal entrant against his will in 2003 in Three Points was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Friday, officials said.
Hector Soria, 23, was arrested Sept. 24, 2003, after he and another man — Barry Van Brocklin — took the victim into a trailer in Three Points, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.
Van Brocklin was armed with a shovel, which he held in a threatening manner, and blocked the only exit in the trailer so the victim could not escape, the news release said.
In the meantime, Soria repeatedly beat the victim with his belt buckle, cut him with a knife, stabbed him with a screw driver and knocked out his front teeth, the release said.
Soria also demanded phone numbers of the victim's relatives so he could call and demand $1,500 for the victim's release and delivery to Phoenix, officials said.
Soria was taken into custody two days after the incident on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges by the state, the release said. He was then held on a federal charge on suspicion of harboring illegals.
Soria along with Van Brocklin and three others would later be indicted on charges of conspiracy to harbor illegals for private financial gain, harboring illegals with serious bodily injury and harboring illegals for private financial gain, the release said. Soria and Van Brocklin also faced charges of conspiracy to take a hostage and hostage-taking.
During sentencing on Friday, the judge found that Soria's sentence could be enhanced because a weapon was used during the offense, bodily injury was suffered by the victim, the victim was vulnerable and Soria was a leader or organizer during the hostage-taking, the news release said.
The 25-year sentence will run concurrently with Soria's 21-year state sentence.
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