LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for participating in the brutal kidnapping of a man who was shot, beaten and held captive for days while his tormentors tried to negotiate a $1 million ransom payment.

A federal judge on Tuesday also ordered 34-year-old Suren Garibyan to serve five years’ probation.

Garibyan had pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Prosecutors say he and two men kidnapped the victim in 2009. During a struggle, the victim was shot and shocked with a Taser. Over the course of his 5-day captivity, the assailants forced the victim to call his family to demand the ransom money.

Garibyan’s co-defendants were convicted of the same charges and face 30-year terms when they are sentenced in July.

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Comments (9)
  1. Oops says:

    Criminals are criminals no matter what the color. But, it’s obvious you have an underlying racial agenda to get out.

  2. tony says:

    justin.tv needs to be investigated. Alot of weird stuff going on there.

  3. HooDatIS? says:

    17 YRS?

  4. anotherloserwecancallourown says:

    Lets change the punishment ….of sending people to prison for x- amount of years….it is a waste of tax payers money..and time..lets just ship em out of this country because they are no longer welcomed here….how about to their country of origin..or any country that will take them…it would be cheaper to sell these criminals to other countries than put them in prison …that will deter crimnal acts to a minimal indeed….America shall be free of crime and fools indeed

  5. Big Bone Daddy W/ Heavy Gravy says:

    It Appears To Me That We Americans Are Faced With A Mass Import Of Criminals And Villains From Other Countries , Because Here In America It’s Easy And Not Harsh To Commit Crimes Right Here Where We Americans Live . Polititians Reside In Areas Of Affluence So It’s O K . It’s Not Easy To See Our Money Used Futilly

    1. duh says:

      As incredibly annoying as it is for us to have to read your comments where every single word is capitalized, I wondered what it must be like to have to actually type it out that way. What freak school did you go to where you learned that?

  6. it's me says:

    Ship them to antarctica and let them fend for themselves.

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