Darren Cruz sentenced to 10 years for kidnapping


Darren Jared Carandang Cruz will spend 10 years in prison for kidnapping a woman and man in 2016.

The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping as a second-degree felony,
burglary as a third-degree felony, two counts of terrorizing as a third-degree felony, and
assault as a misdemeanor.

The prosecution argued for a 25-year sentence with all but 20 suspended at the sentencing hearing, which lasted several days. After hearing arguments, Judge Gutierrez sentenced Cruz to 14 years imprisonment, with all but 10 years suspended and credit for time served.

“While we are disappointed that the defendant was not sentenced to the term of incarceration that the government recommended, we do appreciate the thoughtful consideration that was given to this matter by the Court,” said Assistant Deputy Attorney
General for Prosecution David Rivera.

(AG News Release)