Office of the United States Attorney, Ann Birmingham Scheel
District of Arizona
March 28, 2012
MAN WHO EXTORTED GUERO CANELO RESTAURANTS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
TUCSON, Ariz. – On March 27, 2012, Eduardo A. Sabori, 36, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by visiting U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen to 41 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. On Sept. 20, 2011, Sabori pleaded guilty to Interfering with Commerce by Threats or Violence.
According to the plea agreement, from July 9-13, 2011, Sabori authored and caused to be delivered to the owners of the Guero Canelo restaurants, in Tucson, several ransom/demand letters. The essence of those letters threatened harm, including death, to the owners, family members, and employees of the restaurants. The letters demanded a ransom of $600,000 in exchange for the safety of those threatened in the letters. According to court documents, Sabori was arrested by the FBI after he retrieved what was purported to be a bag containing the ransom money from a location designated in the first letter.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tucson. The prosecution was handled by Micah Schmit, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-2807-TUC-JGZ
RELEASE NUMBER: 2012-078(Sabori)
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