A man has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to kidnap a South Florida plastic surgeon and torture it with a flashlight in an apparent plan to extort the doctor for money.
Justin Paul Boccio, a 34-year-old flight instructor from Deerfield Beach, pleaded guilty of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap Tuesday in federal court. Both charges have a possible life sentence.
He was accused along with 53-year-old Serge Nkorina, who was arrested in his native Spain and is awaiting extradition for a lawsuit in the US.
Boccio & # 39; s lawyer, Kenneth Lange, maintains that Nkorina was the brain of the conspiracy and said that Boccio has collaborated with investigators since the moment of his arrest.
Justin Paul Boccio, 34, (left) and Serge Nkorina, 53, (right) were both accused of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, charges that may involve a life sentence.
& # 39; My client becomes the star witness against Nkorina, & # 39; said Lange Sun Sentinel.
Prosecutors say that Boccio and Nkorina have carefully planned the abduction over the course of a few weeks.
The indictment documents do not mention the plastic surgeon who was the victim of the plot, but they note that he had done work for Nkorina's wife.
At the end of December 2018, according to the documents, Boccio started to buy abduction supplies at a Home Depot in Broward County.
Then on January 5 this year, the officers said the two were renting a gray van from Budget, whose surveillance video & # 39; s were parked for hours at a time with the doctor in the days prior to the kidnapping.
Boccio (left and right) pleaded guilty in the case, and his lawyer swore that he was a & # 39; star witness & # 39; would be against Nkoria, who he accused of being the brain of the plot
On January 14, Nkorina and Boccio huddled the doctor in the parking lot of a Walmart, waving a gun and forced him into the rented van, where they tie him up and blindfold him, prosecutors say.
The duo drove the doctor for an hour to a storage unit in Margate, according to the loading documents. They began to torture him inside the unit.
Nkorina burned the doctor's hands with a burner while threatening to kill him, prosecutors say.
Eventually the doctor admitted and desperately told the kidnappers that he had $ 50,000 in his house, and gave them the address and code of his security system.
Prosecutors say that Nkorina burned the doctor's hands with a burner in the storage unit while threatening to kill him (stock image)
Nkorina is seen on the left in a DMV photo. Investigators say he is the man captured on home surveillance images (right) snooping outside the doctor's house
Around 3 p.m. on January 15, surveillance footage obtained by researchers shows that Nkorina approached the doctor's house with a baseball cap and headlamp, holding a gun and using a cell phone to illuminate the door.
But when one of the doctor's relatives saw the hunter, they turned on the lights in the house and chased him away.
Investigators say that Nkorina returned to the storage unit, where the kidnappers forced the doctor to slurp alcohol and bundled him in the rental van, where he blacked out.
The doctor woke up the next morning with his hand and foot tied in his own car, parked in the parking lot outside Cheetah's Gentleman's Club in Broward.
The doctor woke up the next morning with his hand and foot tied in his own car, which was parked in the parking lot outside Cheetah & # 39; s Gentleman & # 39; s Club (above) in Broward
The police responded when they heard the continuous sound of the horn on the doctor's car, which he had used to signal his need.
Boccio was arrested on April 3 after investigators had followed him using cell phone data. He is being held at FDC Miami pending sentencing.
Nkorina was arrested in Spain and is being held there awaiting deportation. It was not clear whether he had a lawyer on his behalf.
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