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Drug Dealer Sentenced to Life in Prison for Kidnapping and Mutilation of Marijuana Dispensary Owner

Hossein Nayeri is was convicted on charges in connection with the kidnapping and horrific torture of a dispensary owner in the Mojave Desert.

A Newport Beach pot dealer was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the kidnapping and mutilation of a Southern California marijuana dispensary owner who was found in the Mojave Desert after a harrowing abduction.

Hossain Nayeri, who gained fame by staging a daring escape from the Orange County jail while awaiting trial, was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life-without-parole prison terms for the brutal kidnapping and torture.

Nayeri, 41, was convicted in August of last year and has cycled through several defense attorneys since firing the attorney who represented him at trial. He spoke in court Friday during his sentencing hearing.

“Justice has been distorting reality,” Nayeri said. “We have laws and we know it. Wanting to hurt is not me. I am evolving and improving.”

The victim also spoke in court.

“What kind of human being does this?”

Nayeri, who vociferously proclaimed his innocence from the witness stand during the trial, insisting he was being “railroaded” and set up as a fall guy by police and prosecutors, showed no reaction when the verdicts were read.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy, who retired and had his last day at work as the trial wound down, said Nayeri was as “maniacal a criminal defendant as I’ve ever had.”

Nayeri and two other men broke into a Newport Beach home where the dispensary owner was renting a room at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2012, Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said during the trial. The trio of masked assailants kidnapped the dispensary owner and Mary Barnes, the homeowner, Brown said. The man had a shotgun pointed in his face, and when he tried to brush it aside, “the beating began,” Brown said.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Staff on NBC 4 News Los Angeles

Published: November 01, 2020

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