3 Men Get Prison for Valley Stream Kidnapping, Assault

From left: Jesus Maldonado, Jorge Freire-Romero and Jonathan Faneytt.

The last of three men who admitted to kidnapping and assaulting a Valley Stream man last year was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday.

Jesus Maldonado, 23, of West Hempstead, had pleaded guilty to kidnapping in March at Nassau County court along with 22-year-old Jonathan Faneytt of Valley Stream. A third man, 20-year-old Jorge Freire-Romero of Valley Stream, pleaded guilty to assault in the case.

“This victim was savagely stabbed, pistol-whipped, beaten and kidnapped, and then left for dead outside a hospital,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said, who called it “a horrifically brutal attack.”

Prosecutors said the trio handcuffed the victim behind the back and stabbed him repeatedly after he climbed through the window of a house on Jedwood Place, where he told the trio that his girlfriend used to live and he was going inside to gather some of her belongings at 7 p.m. on March 14, 2016.

The trio then then tied the victim to a chair, blindfolded and pistol-whipped him before driving him to Franklin General Hospital and stabbing him again before leaving him handcuffed on the street, authorities said.

The victim was treated for 11 stab wounds, a collapsed lung and a punctured liver. Nassau police later apprehended the trio. Judge Helene Gugerty previously sentenced Freire-Romero to seven years in prison and Faneytt to five years in prison.

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