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Thursday, Dec 12 2013 05:12 PM

Drug dealer sentenced to six years for attempted extortion

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

An admitted drug dealer was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after being found guilty of attempted extortion.

Michael Culp, 37, had been charged with kidnapping for ransom, torture and robbery in what prosecutors said was the abduction of a former drug dealer on April 23, 2012. He was acquitted of torture and robbery, and jurors found him guilty of attempted extortion instead of kidnapping.

Culp and three others were accused of kidnapping Ofelio Victor Garcia Castrejon and holding him for 17 hours while making ransom calls to a Castrejon associate.

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