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South Florida man sentenced for kidnapping, torturing plastic surgeon with blowtorch

Justin Boccio sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison, ordered to pay more than $82,000 in restitution

Prosecutors say Justin Boccio, 33, of Deerfield Beach, and Serge Nkorina, a 53-year-old Spanish national, kidnapped and tortured a South Florida plastic surgeon with a blowtorch.
Prosecutors say Justin Boccio, 33, of Deerfield Beach, and Serge Nkorina, a 53-year-old Spanish national, kidnapped and tortured a South Florida plastic surgeon with a blowtorch.

MIAMI – A Deerfield Beach man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for kidnapping and torturing a South Florida plastic surgeon with a blowtorch in an elaborate plot to steal money.

Justin Boccio, 33, previously pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of kidnapping and using a firearm during a violent crime. A federal judge sentenced him Thursday and also ordered that he pay more than $83,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, the plastic surgeon was shopping at a Broward County Walmart on Jan. 14 around 6:45 p.m. when he was approached by an armed man in the parking lot and forced into a nearby moving van. The captors blindfolded and bound the surgeon, who was not identified in the court papers. During the ride to a storage facility in Margate, the men stunned the surgeon multiple times using a Taser gun, the document said.

Once at the storage facility, the men tied the surgeon to a chair and used a blowtorch to burn the tops of his hands and beat him, the documents said. Eventually, the men began questioning the surgeon about whether he had access to money that night. The surgeon told the men that there was $50,000 inside his home and told them where to find it.

The surgeon told authorities that the captors were hard to see because they wore baseball hats outfitted with bright headlamps. At some point, the men forced the surgeon to drink alcohol and he passed out, the documents said.

Around 4 a.m. the next morning, police found the victim bound inside his car outside Cheetah Gentlemen's Club in Hallandale Beach. The victim continuously hit the car's horn to attract the attention of police.

Meanwhile, the men traveled to the surgeon's home in Miami-Dade County in an attempt to steal the $50,000 but were scared off when a family member turned on the lights as the men approached the door, the documents said.

Investigators were able to connect Boccio, a former flight instructor, and Serge Nkornia, a 53-year-old Spanish national, to the abduction using videos from surveillance cameras at multiple locations, including the Walmart. Authorities also found evidence that Boccio and Nkornia had stalked the surgeon before the abduction, visiting his Broward County medical office, the documents said.

Phone records and purchases, including renting the moving van, help tied the men to the abduction, the documents said.

The case against Nkornia is still pending.