Posted: Jul 19, 2012 5:47 PM by Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Prosecutors say a woman who lured two men to being abducted and held for nearly $1 million in ransom by a Mexican gang has been convicted of conspiracy and kidnapping charges.
City News Service reports 24-year-old Nancy Mendoza Moreno was convicted Thursday and faces life in prison without possibility of parole at a sentencing hearing Aug. 16.
Prosecutors say the men were held for ransom by members of Moreno's gang Los Palillos (pa-LEE-yos).
Prosecutors say Moreno helped kidnap 58-year-old Jorge Garcia Vasquez, the brother-in-law of a cartel financier, in 2007. After He accompanied her on an errand, he was jumped.
Mendoza was also convicted of seducing wealthy Mexican businessman Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado and luring him to a Chula Vista home in 2007, where he was held for eight days.
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