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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Convicted in Prison Break

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday convicted three inmates of kidnapping and attempted escape in a prison break that went wrong at the city's Kapotnya pretrial detention center last September, Interfax reported.

Yury Sitnikov, whom the court identified as the ringleader in the failed escape, was sentenced to life in a medium-security prison. His accomplices, Alexei Pukhteyev and Vadim Gorchakov, received sentences of 30 and 14 years in maximum-security prisons, respectively.

The court ruled that Sitnikov, Pukhteyev and Gorchakov had "conspired to escape" from the Kapotnya facility.

"Their attempt to escape on Sept. 4, 2006, was unsuccessful, however. The criminal group then seized hostages with the intention of forcing the court to review the sentences already handed down to them," a spokesman for the Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax.

At the time of the hostage crisis, Sitnikov had already been sentenced to life in prison. Pukhteyev was looking at 25 years and Gorchakov at nine.

The hostage crisis began at Pretrial Detention Facility No. 9 in the industrial Kapotnya district of southeast Moscow at around 3 p.m., when Sitnikov, Pukhteyev and Gorchakov attacked guards during an exercise period. They then took the warden and another 15 employees hostage and blockaded themselves in a room of the prison.

Commandos from the Federal Prison Service and the police stormed the administration building later that day and freed the hostages, none of whom was seriously injured.