The defendants, Anderson Chamapuro Dogirama and Alejandro Palacios Rengifo, were sentenced to 10 years and 15 years, by Judge Jed Rakoff of United States District Court.
The two were convicted in June along with a third man, Edilberto Berrio Orti
z, of hostage-taking and conspiracy charges stemming from the 2008 kidnapping in Panama of an American man, whose name has been reported as Cecilio Juan Padrón, by the 57 Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The defendants guarded the victim in a jungle camp for about 10 months until the victim’s family paid a ransom and secured his release. Read more here.
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