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Man who kidnapped ex-girlfriend in Solvang reaches plea deal

Posted at 12:00 PM, Jan 22, 2019

A man who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend in Solvang, prompting a manhunt across three states, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Joseph Hetzel pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping in exchange for a sentence of 11 years in prison.

In 2017, Hetzel kidnapped Virginia Paris and took her to Las Vegas. After three days, she escaped by telling a hotel clerk she was a kidnapping victim. The clerk called police and Hetzel was arrested.

This is Hetzel’s second strike. He has a felony conviction from 2006.

He is scheduled to be formally sentenced on February 21.

Joseph Hetzel