Kansas City man pleads guilty in kidnap-torture case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A 76-year-old Kansas City man pleaded guilty to participating in a drug-related kidnapping and torture of another man.

Richard Phoenix, who was known as Snake, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Under a plea agreement, he will be sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Phoenix was one of three men who kidnapped tortured a man who had allegedly stolen about $16,000 he was given to buy drugs in Colorado.

The Kansas City Star reports the victim was beaten and assaulted with a hammer and tin snips. Phoenix reportedly held him at gunpoint at one point.

Twenty-six-year-old Gerald Holmes, also known as “Joker,” and his father, 54-year-old Randal Holmes, also known as “Peckerwood,” have previously pleaded guilty.

The victim was eventually rescued at another house in central Missouri.