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Correction: Landlord-Botched Kidnapping story

June 12, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story June 6 about a deadly kidnapping plot, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the person being sentenced. His name is Erskin Felix. The story also erroneously reported the roles of two other men in the case. The accomplice in the kidnapping was Felix’s cousin Kendel Felix not his brother Kendall Felix. The two men who dumped and burned the victim’s body were Kendel Felix and Kendall Felix. Erskin Felix was not present for the body disposal. Additionally, The Associated Press erroneously reported the length of Kendel Felix’s sentence. He received 15 years to life, not 15 years.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Man gets 24 years to life in botched kidnapping of landlord

The mastermind of a botched kidnapping that led to the death of a Brooklyn landlord has been sentenced to 24 years to life in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — The mastermind of a botched kidnapping that led to the death of a Brooklyn landlord has been sentenced to 24 years to life in prison.

Erskin Felix was sentenced on Thursday in the 2014 death of 39-year-old Menachem Stark.

Stark was pulled off the street and thrown into a van where he was bound with the help of Felix’s cousin Kendel Felix.

Prosecutors say 40-year-old Erskin Felix sat on Stark, who eventually suffocated and died. Kendel Felix and Erskin’s brother Kendall Felix then dumped his body in Great Neck, Long Island, and set it on fire. The kidnappers had hoped to hold the wealthy landlord for ransom.

Kendall Felix was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison in March. Kendel Felix was sentenced in May to 15 years to life.

Felix’s lawyer said his client continues to maintain his innocence.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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