Man Gets 155 Years for Crime 'Worse Than Homicide'

Torture of college students 'almost indescribable': prosecutor
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Man Gets 155 Years for Crime 'Worse Than Homicide'
Lydell Strickland in Monroe County Court on Nov. 21, 2016.   (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

A 27-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after two college students were lured to a Rochester, NY, home by two women, then tied up and beaten over 40 hours in a horrifying crime that could have come from the script of a Quentin Tarantino movie, a judge said Wednesday, per Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. "Something particularly horrible like this ... sometimes it's worse than homicide. The torture that went on is almost indescribable," a prosecutor tells the Chicago Tribune. During a trial that wrapped up in November, two University of Rochester football players described how they'd been abducted and tortured by people who'd wrongly identified one of the victims as a football player allegedly involved in a drug-related robbery.

As their captors stole funds using the men's bank cards, both were sexually and physically assaulted. One victim was also shot in the leg while attempting to escape; his femur was shattered. Supreme Court Justice Alex Renzi said the pair would've been killed if police hadn’t arrived. "I was trying to think if there were any redeeming qualities that you had, and I couldn't come up with any," he told the smiling orchestrator, Lydell Strickland, before sentencing him to 155 years behind bars. David Alcaraz-Ubiles, 25, was sentenced to 15 years, while Inalia Rolldan and Ruth Lora were each sentenced to seven years. Five others previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping and were given sentences ranging from 13 to 35 years, reports the Democrat & Chronicle. (More New York stories.)

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