KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Mexican nationals have been convicted in federal courtroom of kidnapping and homicide.
Jonathan M. Bravo-Lopez (often known as “Jonathan Vravo,” and “Shadow”), 27, and Juan D. Osorio (often known as “Spexx”), 28, each of whom are residents of Mexico residing in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., have been discovered responsible on Friday, Dec. 16, of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping leading to loss of life. Osorio was additionally discovered responsible of being an unlawful alien in possession of a firearm. Bravo-Lopez was additionally discovered responsible of illegally reentering the USA after having been deported in 2016.
Proof launched throughout the trial indicated that Bravo-Lopez and Osorio conspired to kidnap Cristian Escutia in an try and rob him of cash. They transported Escutia throughout state strains from Missouri to Kansas earlier than fatally capturing him on April 3, 2017.
Bravo-Lopez and Osorio organized to buy $300 of marijuana from Escutia as a ruse to lure him into their kidnapping plan. On April 3, 2017, they met Escutia outdoors his residence, shot him within the arm, and compelled him into their automobile, a Chrysler Pacifica, at gunpoint. The kidnapping was captured by the video surveillance system outdoors a close-by residence. After they drove to the 200 block of Donovan Street in Kansas Metropolis, Kan., they pressured Escutia out of the automobile. Escutia was shot 3 times within the head and left to die on the facet of the street.
Osorio, who’s in the USA unlawfully, was in possession of an Motion Arms Uzi .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol when he was arrested on April 7, 2017.
Following the presentation of proof, the jury within the U.S. District Courtroom in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., deliberated for about three hours earlier than returning responsible verdicts to U.S. District Decide Roseann Ketchmark, ending a trial that started Dec. 5, 2022.
Below federal statutes, Bravo-Lopez and Osorio every are topic to a compulsory sentence of life in federal jail with out parole. The sentencing of the defendants shall be decided by the courtroom primarily based on the advisory sentencing tips and different statutory elements. Sentencing hearings shall be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the USA Probation Workplace.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick C. Edwards and Matthew A. Moeder. It was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas Metropolis, Mo., Police Division and the Kansas Metropolis, Kan., Police Division.