5 Men Sentenced for Taking Group Hostage
MCALLEN – Five men living in Mission were sentenced for their roles in a hostage-taking plot.
According to court documents, the group raided a stash house and took people who were in the country illegally as their hostages.
Federal prosecutors said that in May of 2016, a group of people in the country illegally were waiting for their ride north while hiding inside a stash house.
A home invasion crew, led by 19-year-old Luis Aguilar Jr., came into the stash house. The crew put a gun to the stash house caretaker’s head and took the people away to Aguilar’s father’s home.
At the location, Aguilar forced the immigrants to give him names and phone numbers of family members. They then called them and demanded a $2,000 ransom.
After getting the money, the crew didn’t release the immigrants but sold them to another smuggler, who then ransomed them again.
Three of the people held hostage managed to escape and turn themselves in to Border Patrol.
Aguilar was sentenced to more than 29 years in federal prison.
Other members of his kidnapping crew were handed sentences of at least 16 years each.
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