Sunnyside man pleads guilty to 2005 kidnapping

A man accused of kidnapping a 58-year-old woman in Yakima in 2005 entered a guilty plea in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Heriberto Martinez of Sunnyside received a sentence of 60 months, plus an additional sentence of 24 to 48 months of community custody, which is when a person is under the watchful eye of the Department of Corrections.

Charges of attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl and robbery were dismissed.

Also charged in the case was Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza, also of Sunnyside. He entered Alford pleas in court on Jan. 2, which means he didn't admit guilt, but acknowledged there was enough evidence to likely convict him. Mendoza was sentenced to 89 months of incarceration and an additional 24 to 48 months of community custody.

At the time the incident occurred in Yakima when the older woman was kidnapped and it was publicized, a teenager came forward to report an attempted kidnapping in the same Scenic Drive area.


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