Mastermind of jewelry store worker kidnapping gets 30 years

One of three men convicted of kidnapping and torturing a Philadelphia jewelry store worker before dumping her in a cemetery in an attempt to get the shop’s security codes has been sentenced to over 30 years in prison.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Salahudin Shaheed was sentenced Friday for his role in the April attack.

Judge Harvey Bartle III tells the 35-year-old it was “the most heinous crime” he’s seen in 25 years on the bench.

Shaheed, who officials say masterminded the crime, is maintaining his innocence.

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Shaheed, Basil Buie and Khayree Gay approached the woman in a parking garage, used stun gun on her, bound her and put a bag over her head before dumping her.

Buie was sentenced to 15 years in prison in January. Gay is to be sentenced Feb. 29.

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