Mexican living in KC sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping

A Mexican national residing in Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping resulting in death in a 2017 case .

Juan Osorio, 30, was found guilty of the charges during his trial in December 2022, along with co-conspirator Jonathan Bravo-Lopez, who was found guilty of the same charges. At trial, Osorio was also found guilty of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas City Police and the Kansas City, Kansas police.

Prosecutors say Osorio and Bravo-Lopez arranged to buy $300 worth of marijuana from victim Cristian Escutia at his home in April 2017.

Surveillance video captured Osorio and Bravo-Lopez forcing Escutia into their vehicle at gunpoint. Escutia was then carried by the men across state lines before authorities say he was killed by three bullets to the chest.

Sentencing of Bravo-Lopez is scheduled for July.

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