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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Florida Resident for Kidnapping Resulting in Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A grand jury this week indicted a resident of Florida for kidnapping, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Acting Special Agent in Felix A. Rivera-Esparra.

A one-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court charges Marcus Spanevelo, 35, of Panama City, Florida, with a kidnapping that resulted in a death arising out of events that occurred in the Northern District of Alabama in March 2022.

The punishment range for kidnapping resulting in death is life in prison or death.

The FBI investigated the case along with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alan Baty, Bill Simpson and John Camp are prosecuting the case.

An indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Updated January 26, 2023