Man gets 3 life sentences in kidnapping, torture of SoCal marijuana dispensary owner

A one-time fugitive and escaped inmate has been sentenced to three life sentences in connection with the 2012 kidnapping and torture of a marijuana dispensary owner, officials announced Friday.

Hossein Nayeri, 41, was convicted last summer of two counts of kidnapping for ransom and one count of torture.

On Friday, Nayeri was sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, and the third life sentence is with the possibility of parole, Orange County District Attorney’s Office officials explained.

He is still facing trial for a “brazen” 2016 escape from the Orange County jail.

After allegedly orchestrating the escape with two other inmates, Nayeri allegedly kidnapped a taxi driver and forced the victim to drive to San Francisco. Nayeri and one of his co-defendants were captured after a homeless man recognized Nayeri from news coverage and alerted authorities.

‘Vicious attack’

At the time of the first kidnapping in 2012, victim…

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