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Mexican man gets 9 years in Arizona prison

Mexican man gets 9 years in Arizona prison

CREATED Jun. 29, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - A Mexican man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after Arizona prosecutors say he tried to distribute 600 pounds of marijuana and was involved in holding a man hostage while demanding ransom money from his family.
   
The U.S. Attorney's Office says that 55-year-old Guillermo Leon-Rivera was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana.
   
Leon-Rivera and four other men were indicted in May 2010 on the marijuana charges and charges of hostage taking and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. One of the other men was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and the other four are set to be sentenced in coming weeks.
   
Prosecutors say the group was holding a man hostage and threatening his life if his family didn't pay them $180,000. Investigators later found the man bound by duct tape in a Tucson home.

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