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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A Mexican man convicted of holding five illegal immigrants hostage in southern Arizona has been sentenced to almost 16 years in federal prison.
Prosecutors say Carlos Armando Calixtro-Bustamante was given a 180-month prison term Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
He was convicted by a federal jury in October 2010 of hostage taking and harboring illegal immigrants.
A 32-year-old victim told authorities that he and four other men were guided through the mountains of Nogales, Mexico, and into Arizona on Sept. 22, 2009.
He says the group was driven to a trailer. The others escaped, but he was forced at gunpoint to call his family every few hours and request $2,300 for his release.
After several days, federal authorities tracked the ransom calls, rescued the man and arrested Calixtro-Bustamante.