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Trinidad woman sentenced for US vet’s kidnapping

December 20, 2013

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A Trinidad & Tobago woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in the kidnapping of a U.S. Army veteran in the Caribbean country.

Gunmen snatched Balram Maharaj of Mount Vernon, New York, in April 2005 from a bar outside Trinidad’s capital and held him for ransom. The naturalized U.S. citizen died as a result of the kidnapping.

The U.S. Justice Department says Doreen Alexander was sentenced Thursday in a Washington courtroom. She had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit hostage taking.

According to court documents, Alexander set the kidnapping in motion. Maharaj was a former boyfriend and the father of one of her sons.

She was the last charged co-conspirator to be tried. A dozen others were previously extradited and prosecuted in the U.S.

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