Final defendant in kidnapping, torture of Newport Beach marijuana dispensary owner pleads guilty – Los Angeles Times

arrested in 2013 and was sentenced Wednesday to three years of informal probation.

On Oct. 2, 2012, co-defendants Hossein Nayeri, Kyle Shirakawa Handley and Ryan Anthony Kevorkian abducted a marijuana dispensary owner and his female roommate from a Newport Beach home on 25th Street. The masked men forced the two at gunpoint to get into a van and drove them to the Mojave Desert.

The men demanded the dispensary owner reveal to them the location of $1 million they believed he had hidden there.

The victim, whose identity is being withheld by the Daily Pilot due to the nature of the crime, was beaten severely by his captors and was doused in bleach. They also severed his penis before abandoning him in the desert. He was later rescued after his housemate was able to free herself and hail a passing sheriff’s deputy.

Rhodus is the last of the four arrested in connection with the crime. She was initially charged with two felony counts of kidnapping for ransom or extortion or to commit robbery or a sex crime; one felony count of aggravated mayhem; one felony count of torture; one felony count of first-degree burglary; and one misdemeanor count of being an accessory to or

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