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Man sentenced to 11 years in prison for 2017 kidnapping in Solvang

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A judge sentenced Joseph Archie Hetzel to 11 years in state prison Thursday morning for a 2017 kidnapping in Solvang. Hetzel also faces a 10-year criminal restraining order, and more than $1,800 in restitution fines.

Hetzel was accused of kidnapping Virginia Paris in September 2017 as she left her workplace.

The victim accused Hetzel of raping her and trying to marry her while he was on the run.

Investigators say the Lompoc Valley man took Paris to Arizona before being caught in Las Vegas, Nevada three days later.

Hetzel pled no contest to one count of kidnapping last month, but he did not plead to any sexual assault offenses.


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