BEAUMONT, Texas – A 21-year-old Mexican national living in
Liberty, Texas, has been convicted of federal kidnapping charges in the Eastern
District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Juan Carlos Saucedo-Meza was found
guilty of kidnapping following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge
Marcia A. Crone today.
According to information presented
in court, beginning on Aug. 24, to Aug. 25, 2018, Saucedo-Meza kidnapped a
woman from Liberty, Texas and transported her to Lake Charles, LA, against her
will. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 5, 2018 and
charged with kidnapping.
In connection with this incident,
Saucedo-Meza is facing charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated
kidnapping in Jefferson County, Texas.
Under the federal statute,
Saucedo-Meza faces up to Life in federal prison at sentencing. The
maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for
information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based
on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A
sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence
investigation by the U.S. Probation Office
This case was investigated by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty
County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, and Jefferson County
District Attorney’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
Attorneys Christopher T. Tortorice and K. P. Kennedy Gates.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas