A murder-and-kidnapping trial over an alleged drug deal gone bad takes a permanent detour off the trial

Leonardo Vasquez is accused of being a part of a group that kidnapped Reyes Bocanegra from the Playa Azul restaurant in broad daylight in 2012. Bocanegra’s body was found shortly after in his own vehicle.

Prosecutors say the incident was drug related today. Vasquez plead guilty to kidnapping. In exchange, the capital murder charge has been dismissed.

Sentencing is scheduled in January. Vasquez faces up to 99 years in prison.