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, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy
Torresen to 14 years of imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release for
interstate kidnapping and brandishing a firearm in relation to the kidnapping. Landry was also
ordered to pay $5,540 in restitution to the victim of the kidnapping. Landry pled guilty to the
charges on August 21, 2013.
According to court records, in mid-April 2013, Landry responded to an advertisement in
Craigslist offering to sell a BMW automobile. On the evening of April 24, Landry met with the
BMW’s owner 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 south, with the
victim locked inside the trunk, for about eight hours. When he reached Newark, Delaware,
Landry stopped the BMW 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. The victim of the kidnapping testified at
today’s sentencing and described the mental anguish and fear that he experienced during the
course of the kidnapping.
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.