LA PAZ, Bolivia – A Bolivian judge has given a three-year prison sentence to the No. 2 figure in an extortion ring that victimized U.S. businessman Jacob Ostreicher and was exposed by actor Sean Penn.
Former government attorney Dennis Rodas previously pleaded guilty to crimes including racketeering.
Judge Ximena Flores also sentenced to three years the former director of the office for confiscated assets in Santa Cruz state. Moises Aguilar pleaded guilty to illegally selling rice confiscated from the farming business that Ostreicher was trying to salvage when he was jailed 18 months without charge in a money-laundering probe.
The New York man's plight gained attention when Penn took up his cause and got his incarceration swapped for house arrest in late 2012. A year later, Penn helped Ostreicher clandestinely flee Bolivia.