FORT WORTH -- A Burleson man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the kidnapping of a Fort Worth woman whose 4-year-old son was left home alone during the ordeal.
Juan Manuel Reyes, 37, pleaded guilty to an aggravated-kidnapping charge, and his punishment was determined Tuesday by a jury in state District Judge Sharen Wilson's court.
Police said Reyes and two associates were hired by a fourth person, who told them that he'd pay them $5,000 to kidnap the woman to scare her husband into paying money he owed or had stolen.
The husband reported her missing Nov. 16, 2010, after he received a call saying his wife was in the hospital and he needed to take care of their child. The woman was taken to the Hillsboro area and bound to a chair with tape. She was left alone and eventually broke free and escaped by crawling through a window.
Assistant District Attorney Melinda Westmoreland, who tried the case with prosecutor D.J. Estes, said in a statement that Reyes had no prior convictions.
"He was the driver of the vehicle that was used in the kidnapping, and the wooded area they took her to was on his girlfriend's property," Westmoreland said. "The jury gave him 20 years, which was a fair verdict for his involvement."
Another defendant, Raudel Padilla, 27, of Fort Worth, was convicted of aggravated kidnapping in August and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Gerardo Padilla, 20, also of Fort Worth, is set to stand trial this month. He remains in the Tarrant County Jail on $250,000 bail.
The fourth person has not been identified by police.
The Star-Telegram has not named the woman or her husband because the person is still at large.
Dianna Hunt, 817-390-7084