An Orange County Superior Court jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday before finding a Fountain Valley man guilty of kidnapping a medical marijuana dispensary owner and his roommate and torturing the dispensary owner as part of a plot to extort money.
Kyle Shirakawa Handley, 38, stood next to his attorney and shook his head slightly as the court clerk announced that the jury had convicted him of kidnapping, aggravated mayhem and torture, all felonies.
Handley sat and put a hand over his eyes.
He is scheduled to be sentenced March 23. He faces a maximum of life in prison without possibility of parole, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors contended that Handley, a marijuana grower who supplied the victim’s dispensary, and three other defendants kidnapped the man and his female roommate from their home on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.
Prosecutors said masked captors took the victims from the 25th Street home on Oct. 2, 2012, and drove them to the Mojave Desert.
The dispensary owner — whom the Daily Pilot is not identifying because he was the victim