The second of two Superior men who kidnapped a man during a home invasion robbery in March of 2018 was sentenced Jan. 10 in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Preston Lee Ciocarelli, 35, pleaded no contest to party to kidnapping, party to false imprisonment, party to substantial battery, party to aggravated battery-use of a dangerous weapon and party to burglary. He was sentenced to four and a half years in state prison and 10 years of extended supervision concurrent on all but one of the charges. He was ordered to pay $1,824.80 in fines and court costs, as well as restitution to be determined. On the burglary count, Ciocarelli received a consecutive sentence of two years in state prison and three years of extended supervision.
Two counts of retail theft, party to armed robbery, party to substantial battery-use of a dangerous weapon, two additional counts party to false imprisonment, one additional count party to substantial battery, possession of methamphetamine and criminal damage to property charges were dismissed but read in for sentencing.
Ciocarelli and Richard Travis Edstrom, 35, kicked in the door of a residence in Homecroft Court shortly before 6 a.m. on March 20, 2018. One of them was yelling about getting the money.
They pinned a man to the floor, zip-tied his hands and put duct tape over his eyes. He was abducted from the trailer at knifepoint, according to the criminal complaint. He said Edstrom and Ciocarelli took money and a pipe from him and were saying “Give me the money. Where is it?”
Two other people at the residence reported being zip-tied by the intruders. One was struck in the head twice with a metal object and sustained a concussion. The other was punched and received a cut inside their lip. Both required stitches.
Edstrom and Ciocarelli were going to take the man they abducted back to the residence, but police officers were there. Instead, they drove to Duluth, removed the restraints and left him at a gas station.
“I am a person that has a good heart, but I also have a drug addiction," Ciocarelli reportedly told investigators when interviewed following his arrest.
On Sept. 20, Edstrom pleaded guilty to party to kidnapping, party to burglary, party to false imprisonment, party to substantial battery and party to aggravated battery for his role in the incident. He was sentenced to seven years in state prison and 10 years of extended supervision concurrent for all but one of the charges. A consecutive three-year prison sentence followed by five years of extended supervision was ordered for the burglary count.
Edstrom was ordered to have no contact with the victims and pay restitution and court costs. Charges of party to armed robbery, two counts repeater party to false imprisonment and two counts repeater party to substantial battery were dismissed but read in for sentencing.