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* Monterey County Men Samuel Ortiz, Marco Villa Sentenced To Prison For Torture, Burglary, Assault

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A 36-year-old Marina man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for torture, kidnapping, assault, and witness intimidation, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Wednesday.Samuel Ortiz was sentenced after being found guilty, along with co-defendant Marco Villa, 36, on March 25 after a 13-day trial, according to the district attorney’s office.Ortiz and Villa were roommates living in Marina,and became angry when someone burglarized their apartment, stealing drugs and large amounts of cash, according to the district attorney’s office.Suspecting that a friend named Douglas was responsible, the defendants sought to find this person, and questioned two men that they believed knew the whereabouts of the friend.On Feb. 28, a victim was invited to the defendants’ apartment where he was brutally beaten and repeatedly questioned about the burglary, according to the district attorney’s office.Ortiz and Villa then traveled back to Monterey with the first victim to question the second victim, who they attacked, tied up with a phone cord and brutally beat. The second victim received two fractures to the face, while the first victim was able to escape and contact police.Villa will be sentenced on May 29 on substantially the same charges, according to the district attorney’s office.Ortiz must serve 16 years in prison before he can apply for parole.

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