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Woman gets 28 1/2 years in drug-related kidnapping

on April 07, 2013 1:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 28ᄑ years in prison in the kidnapping of a teenage girl over a drug debt.

The Reading Eagle reported Grace Perez-Jimenez, 27, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Philadelphia. She pleaded guilty last summer to conspiracy, kidnapping, and drug and firearms charges.

Authorities said the defendant sold $500 worth of crack cocaine to a Reading resident but wasn’t paid, so she and another woman kidnapped the customer’s 14-year-old daughter in November 2011 as she walked home from school.

Police said she threatened the girl while brandishing a gun, but the pair later released the teenager unharmed after receiving $1,000 in ransom.

Co-defendant Samantha Conrad was sentenced in December to 7ᄑ years.

She said she regretted not protecting the girl.

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