- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

MADISON, Neb. (AP) - A 49-year-old man will be sent to prison for life after being convicted of a 2003 kidnapping in northeast Nebraska.

Rosario Betancourt-Garcia was convicted Wednesday in Madison County District Court of kidnapping, conspiracy and use of a firearm. His trial began Monday.

Court records say Betancourt-Garcia was identified by his then-21-year-old victim as having been one of two men who kidnapped and terrorized him on Nov. 15, 2003. The other man, Jose Luis Trevino, was convicted in 2005 and sent to prison.

Officials say Betancourt-Garcia was mistakenly deported to Mexico shortly after the crimes occurred. He returned to the United States and lived in Texas until he was arrested in 2013 and extradited to Nebraska.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23.


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