SPOKANE, WA - Two men involved with a kidnapping in Yakima County back in 2013 have finally been handed their punishments.
On Wednesday, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that 20-year-old Ernesto Martinez was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and 20-year-old Yaritza Contreras was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for their involvement in a conspiracy to kidnap a minor.
According to court documents, during the early morning hours of May 10, 2013, Ernesto Martinez and Esmeralda Contreras entered a residence and kidnapped a fourteen year old boy. Martinez subsequently made several ransom calls to the victim's father. The victim's father quickly reported the crime to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. The Yakima County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately began working together with the goal of reuniting the victim with his parents.
By 2PM that same afternoon, law enforcement officers had found and arrested Esmeralda Contreras and Yaritza Contreras. Officers found the victim bound with duct tape and rope, but he was unharmed and quickly reunited with his parents.
Senior United States District Judge Robert H. Whaley sentenced Martinez to 25 years imprisonment, to be followed by five years of court supervision upon release from federal prison.
Yartiza Contreras was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, to be followed by five years of court supervision upon release from federal prison. Esmeralda Contreras, the third person involved in the kidnapping, currently has a sentencing hearing scheduled for May 7, 2014.
Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, "The abduction of a child is an extremely serious offense and offenders will be subjected to long terms of incarceration. The United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, have a zero tolerance policy regarding such egregious acts of violence and are committed to prosecuting individuals who engage in such horrific offenses."