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Southern New Mexico man gets prison term in kidnapping case

February 27, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 28-year-old southern New Mexico man has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison for a kidnapping conviction stemming from a 2019 armed abduction involving an attempted robbery.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Joshua Neil Bowen of Alto was among five people who pleaded guilty to kidnapping in the case.

The office said the kidnapping victim was abducted from a travel center in Mescalero and first taken to Chaparral, New Mexico, near the U.S.-Mexico border and then to El Paso, Texas and finally to Las Cruces.

That’s where he was rescued by police after being held at a motel before managing to call his son for help, the office said.

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Bowen was sentenced Feb. 16 in federal court in Albuquerque. The other four co-defendants await sentencing, the office said.

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