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Surry Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Kidnapping and Firearm Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013

Contact: Jonathan R. Chapman
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Travis
R. Landry, 29, of Surry, pled guilty today in United States District Court before Judge Nancy
Torresen to charges of interstate kidnapping and brandishing a firearm in relation to the
kidnapping.

According to court records, in mid-April 2013, Landry responded to an advertisement in
Craigslist for the sale of a BMW automobile. On the evening of April 24, Landry met with the
BMW’s owner at a location on Riverside Street in Portland and the two took the car for a test
drive. After the test drive, Landry told the victim to get into the trunk of the car. The victim
complied when Landry displayed a Glock .45 caliber handgun. Landry then drove the BMW,
with the victim locked inside the trunk, south out of Maine for about eight hours. When he
reached Newark, Delaware, Landry stopped the car in a secluded wooded area and released the
victim, who ran away and called local police. On May 7, 2013, sheriff deputies in Granville
County, North Carolina arrested Landry, who was driving the BMW, after a high speed
chase. The Glock handgun was seized from the glove compartment of the BMW.

On the interstate kidnapping charge, Landry faces imprisonment of up to life and a fine
of up to $250,000. For brandishing the firearm in connection with the kidnapping, Landry faces
a minimum mandatory consecutive sentence of seven years imprisonment. He will be sentenced
after completion of a pre-sentence report by the United States Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Portland,
Gorham, Killeen (Texas), and Newark (Delaware) Police Departments and the Granville County
(North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

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