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1 of 4 Men Accused of Kidnapping Is Acquitted

March 31, 2004|From Times Staff Reports

A Van Nuys jury this week acquitted one of four men accused of kidnapping at gunpoint the wife and daughter of a car dealership employee as part of a business dispute last spring.

In addition to acquitting Clarence McGill, the jury on Monday deadlocked on a verdict for Roberto Sandoval, voting 8 to 4 for his acquittal.

A third man, Kaveh Kamyab, suspected of being the mastermind of the kidnapping, is awaiting trial. The fourth, Torvalds Gubins, is still a fugitive.

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