Kansas City Man Pleads Guilty In Kidnap-Torture Case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 76-year-old Kansas City man pleaded guilty to participating in a drug-related kidnapping and torture of another man.

Richard Phoenix, who was known as “Snake,” pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Under a plea agreement, he will be sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Phoenix was one of three men who kidnapped and tortured a man who had allegedly stole about $16,000 he was given to buy drugs in Colorado.

The victim was beaten and assaulted with a hammer and tin snips. Phoenix reportedly held him at gunpoint at one point.

Twenty-six-year-old Gerald Holmes and his father, 54-year-old Randal Holmes, have previously pleaded guilty.

The victim was eventually rescued at another house in central Missouri.