Man sentenced to 4 years in prison

Man sentenced to jail for drug debt kidnapping

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a kidnapping in Danbury over a $100 drug debt.

The U.S. attorney’s office said 25-year-old Paul Whitehurst was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in October to one count of kidnapping.

Prosecutors said Whitehurst was part of a Danbury-based heroin and cocaine ring and oversaw two trap houses as well as leasing hotel rooms where sales took place.

In 2013, prosecutors said, Whitehurst and a co-defendant assaulted a man who owed the money.

Prosecutors said Whitehurst pushed the man into a reservoir, threw rocks at him and later forced him to drink vodka until he passed out. Prosecutors said the man was locked in the bathroom of a trap house overnight and made to work off his debt by selling heroin.

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