(NEW YORK) -- The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced Thursday Edilberto Berrio Ortiz has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of an American citizen in Panama in 2008.
Ortiz was sentenced in Manhattan federal court on charges of hostage-taking and hostage-taking conspiracy in connection with the kidnapping carried out by the 57th Front of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia "FARC," a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. Authorities have not disclosed the name of the American citizen, who was held in a jungle camp for nearly a year before his family paid an undisclosed ransom in February 2009.
Ortiz and his co-defendants, Alejandro Palacios Rengifo and Anderson Chamapuro Dogirama, were convicted on June 20, 2011, following a bench trial based on stipulated facts.
United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff presided over the trial and imposed Thursday's sentence.
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