Woman gets 28½ years in drug-related kidnap case

April 6, 2013 1:44:12 PM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 28½ years in prison in the kidnapping of a teenage girl over a drug debt.

TheReading Eagle says 27-year-old Grace Perez-Jimenez was sentenced Friday in federal court in Philadelphia. She pleaded guilty last summer to conspiracy, kidnapping, and drug and firearms charges.

Authorities said the defendant sold $500 worth of crack cocaine to a Reading resident but wasn't paid, so she and another woman kidnapped the customer's 14-year-old daughter in November 2011 as she walked home from school.

Police said she threatened the girl while brandishing a gun, but the pair later released the teenager unharmed after receiving $1,000 in ransom.

Co-defendant Samantha Conrad was sentenced in December to 7½ years. She said she regretted not protecting the girl.