Brockton woman sentenced to four years in prison for 2016 kidnapping

A Brockton woman was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Friday for her involvement in the 2016 kidnapping of a Quincy man, officials said.

Yesenia Diaz, 24, was sentenced to four years in prison and two years of supervised release after she pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges in December. She is the last of the four people involved in the kidnapping to be sentenced, according to a statement from US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office.

On Oct. 8, 2016, Diaz and three others worked together to kidnap a 30-year-old man from his own driveway. Around 10:25 p.m., the man, whom officials are not identifying, was hit in the head with a revolver as he was getting out of his truck outside his home in Quincy. He was then dragged into a sedan that was waiting nearby. Inside the man’s truck were two children, 30 pounds of marijuana, and $20,000, officials said.

Accomplices Diego Pires and Malik Bangura then drove the man’s truck, with the children still inside, to an isolated location, where they moved the marijuana and the money into the sedan, officials said.


The man, who was being kept in the back seat of the sedan facedown at gunpoint, was allegedly begging for his life and the lives of the two children who were in his truck, officials said.

After moving the drugs and the money, Pires, Bangura, Diaz, and Sedrick Oliveira drove the sedan from Quincy to Brockton, where they called the man’s wife and demanded she give them $100,000. As they were driving through Brockton, police recognized the sedan as one that had been involved in a drive-by shooting two months prior, officials said.

The officers followed the sedan, but the kidnappers noticed and tried to flee, before ultimately abandoning the car in a Brockton driveway. The man was able to get out of the sedan and tell the officers where his kidnappers had left his truck. Police found the truck and the two children inside, unharmed. Diaz was later found standing outside the sedan, and she was arrested, officials said.


Diaz’s three accomplices were sentenced individually earlier this year. Bangura was sentenced to 17 years in prison and two years of supervised release in January. Pires was sentenced to 217 months in prison and five years of supervised release on Aug. 16. Oliveira was sentenced to 21 years in prison and five years of supervised release on Aug. 23, officials said.

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