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Man sentenced to life in prison after brutal Orange County kidnapping case

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 19:54:42-04

A man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday, over a brutal Orange County kidnapping case in which the victim's penis was severed according to ABC7.

ABC7 reported that Kyle Shirakawa Handley has been convicted of kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, torture and first-degree residential burglary after taking part in the abduction and torture of a Newport Beach marijuana dispensary owner and another woman.

Handley, along with two accomplices left the victims to die in the Mojave desert. 

The incident, according to ABC7 began as a robbery attempt, with Handley and his two accomplices believing the dispensary owner had $1 million buried in the desert.

Senior Deputy District Attorney, Matt Murphy said that the defendants kidnapped the owner and his landlord in October 2012 and when they realized there was no buried money, they cut off the victim's penis and threw it out the window of the van. 

ABC7 said that the kidnappers left the landlord with a knife so she could cut the zip ties from her feet. After doing so, the landlord walked to a highway where a Kern County sheriff's deputy found her, the prosecutor said.

Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 28, and Hossein Nayeri, 39, Handley's co-defendants in this case, face the same charges and maximum sentence.