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California man found guilty of kidnapping Lyft driver in Maryland

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors say a California man who ordered a Lyft driver at gunpoint to make a trip from Maryland to a Washington, D.C., apartment has been found guilty.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office statement says 27-year-old Shane Browne, formerly of Beverly Hills, California, was found guilty of multiple offenses including kidnapping Wednesday.

Browne requested a ride from the apartment in December, and the driver took Browne more than 70 miles (110 kilometers) to Aberdeen, Maryland and parted ways at a fast food outlet. Authorities say Browne later returned with a suitcase, requested a return trip and eventually pointed a gun at the driver and ordered him to drive back to the Washington apartment.

Authorities later detained Browne, adding nearly 80 pounds of marijuana were seized under a search warrant.

Sentencing is set for July.

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