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updated: 10/19/2012 10:57 PM

Aurora man receives 9 years for role in 2010 kidnapping

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An Aurora man was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the 2010 kidnapping of a Montgomery businessman, prosecutors said Friday.

Santiago C. Lopez, 19, of the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping.

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Authorities said Lopez, three other men, and a juvenile kidnapped the executive of a business on the 2100 block of Rochester Drive in Montgomery as he left work on Dec. 7, 2010. They bound his hands, put a pillowcase over his head and put him in their van, then drove to a residence on the 1500 block of Solfisburg Avenue in Aurora where he was held overnight. The next day, he was released near Commons Drive and Liberty Street in Aurora.

Prosecutors said one of the men involved in the kidnapping worked at the business, and the plan was to hold his boss for ransom.

Other charged in the kidnapping are:

• William Ayala, 28, of the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue, whose whereabouts are unknown;

• Sergio Garcia-Garcia, 20, of the 100 block of West New York Street, who was previously sentenced to eight years in prison; and

• Hugo Argueta, 22, of the 700 block of Sherwood Drive, who is due in court Dec. 13.

The juvenile's case is pending in juvenile court.

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