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Houston man sent to prison for role in violent abduction of Katy woman

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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Jennifer LoweryCourtesy U.S. Attorney - Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 23-year-old Houston man has been ordered to federal prison for admitting his role in a brutal kidnapping of a woman from her Katy home.

Hipolito Gutierrez pleaded guilty Nov. 26, 2019 according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Jennifer Lowery. Sentencing was Thursday, March 24, 2022 and federal judge Sim Lake sentenced Gutierrez to 10 years in prison followed immediately by five years of supervised release.

At the hearing, the court heard details of the violent abduction in which Gutierrez and Nico Namitle-Morales kidnapped the female victim at gunpoint from her vehicle as she drove into her garage.

Gutierrez and Namilte-Morales transported the victim to Dallas and held her captive for three days while demanding ransom payments.

Gutierrez is the last man to be sentenced for his role in the crime. In December 2021, the court ordered Namitle-Morales to serve a 20-year sentence for his role as the main gunman and mastermind of the kidnapping.

Gutierrez will remain in custody before being transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

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The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Texarkana Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Peneguy prosecuted the case.

The U.S. Attorney's Southern District of Texas comprises seven U.S. District Court divisions with federal district courts in Houston, Galveston, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo. The United States Attorney's office, headquartered in Houston, has five additional branch offices in Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo and Victoria to staff all seven divisions.

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