Hossein Nayeri, accused within the violent abduction of two Newport Seaside residents in an alleged try and extort $1 million, was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torture.
An Orange County Superior Court docket jury deliberated 4 days earlier than making its resolution within the roughly month-long trial in Choose Gregg Prickett’s Newport Seaside courtroom.
Nayeri will return to courtroom for sentencing Oct. 11. He glanced on the ceiling as the decision was learn however had no seen response.
He might face two consecutive sentences of life in jail with out chance of parole, in response to Orange County Senior Deputy District Legal professional Matt Murphy.
“Nayeri is maniacal, sadistic, egotistical, narcissistic, manipulative and really good,” District Legal professional Todd Spitzer mentioned throughout a information convention after the decision.
Nayeri’s legal professional Salvatore Ciulla declined to remark.
Prosecutors alleged that Nayeri, 40, masterminded a plot wherein masked intruders kidnapped a medical marijuana dispensary proprietor and his feminine roommate from their Balboa Peninsula dwelling on Oct. 2, 2012, and brutally beat, tortured and sexually mutilated the person earlier than the victims had been left sure within the Mojave Desert. The motive, authorities mentioned, was to steal $1 million the abductors thought the dispensary proprietor had buried within the desert.
The person was attacked with a Taser and a blowtorch, was doused in bleach and his penis was severed. The Each day Pilot will not be figuring out him or his roommate as a result of he was the sufferer of a sexual assault.
“It’s laborious to take a look at the case and picture a extra horrific one than this,” Murphy mentioned.
Nayeri had been charged with two counts of kidnapping for ransom or extortion or to commit theft or a intercourse crime, one depend of aggravated mayhem, one depend of torture with a sentencing enhancement allegation of inflicting nice bodily damage and one depend of first-degree housebreaking.
He was discovered responsible on the kidnapping and torture counts, however not on the enhancement. The jury was unable to succeed in a verdict on the mayhem cost.
The housebreaking cost was dismissed Monday after prosecutors motioned to take action to “streamline” the method, Murphy mentioned. “We selected to simplify that,” he mentioned.
Jury forewoman Beth Burbage mentioned in an interview that the jurors had been deadlocked 11-1 on whether or not Nayeri personally participated in severing the sufferer’s penis, and thus agreed that they might not affirm the sentencing enhancement allegation.
“There wasn’t sufficient proof that he personally participated…