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May 16, 2013

Belizean kidnapper gets 25 years in Guatemalan jail; more charges pending

Joseph Budna

There is word tonight from Guatemala that thirty-three year old Joseph Budna has been sentenced to twenty-five years in a Guatemalan prison after being found guilty of kidnapping.  The former freelance reporter, who apparently became the leader of a regional kidnapping and extortion ring, was condemned in the Department of Chiquimula, following a case in which he was charged for abduction.  The protracted sentence, we are told, is incommutable.  There are other cases against Budna in the departments of Peten, Zacapa and Jalapa that are being closely monitored by the Belize Embassy in Guatemala City.  Budna was reportedly involved in the kidnapping of nineteen year old Luis Byron Reyes Onofre, who claims that he was taken hostage by three other men who held him for a million dollar ransom.  In court, Budna argued that Onofre was part of an extortion scheme in which his father was being coerced into paying the hefty sum.

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4 Responses for “Belizean kidnapper gets 25 years in Guatemalan jail; more charges pending”

  1. Rod says:

    Good riddance.

  2. Storm says:

    Our courts need to learn to convict and punish violent criminals like the Guats do.

  3. Lift up your head says:

    You should have remained a journalist bro if indeed you were. You would have been enjoying the freedom of your beautiful country. Tek you licking bra

  4. Simone says:

    How do you like the publicity now you idiot?

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