Prison for Mexican man over Houston hostages case

March 1, 2012 7:29:48 AM PST
A fourth man will head to prison over a 2009 hostage incident in Houston.

A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday sentenced 26-year-old Evaristo Guzman of Mexico to more than 11 years in prison. Guzman had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to take hostages.

Investigators say a Houston man and his son were in a vehicle when they were cut off and abducted on Oct. 19, 2009. The victims were driven to Fresno, bound and guarded as their abductors tried to extort $500,000 from relatives.

FBI agents rescued the pair the following day.

Guzman's hometown was not immediately available. Prosecutors say a man from Honduras and two men from Mexico who also pleaded guilty to conspiracy were sentenced earlier to prison.

Further details on the victims were not immediately released.