O.C. man gets 21 years in kidnapping-for-ransom plot
A Placentia man was convicted and sentenced for his role in kidnapping a homeowner for a $10,000 ransom, authorities said Tuesday.
Nasir Kamaruddin Shamsi, 50, was sentenced to 21 years and four months in state prison in connection with the March 2002 kidnapping, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
The homeowner, whose name was not released, was bound, blindfolded and gagged for two weeks while being held at three different motels, according to prosecutors.
Shamsi was charged with developing a plan to kidnap the homeowner. At the time, prosecutors said, Shamsi's brother was doing remodeling work at the man's home in Orange.
Shamsi and five other men were charged in the kidnapping plot. They were arrested by police after a $10,000 ransom demand was made to the homeowner's girlfriend.
The homeowner, now 49, moved out of the United States because of the emotional distress caused by the kidnapping, the district attorney's office said in a statement.
The five other men have pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor counts in connection with the kidnapping.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Nasir Kamaruddin Shamsi. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office