Diamond Hijacker Sentenced to 32 Years

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced Thursday that Hector Rivera was sentenced today to 32 years in prison for leading a robbery and extortion crew that targeted diamond businesses and shipments from the Diamond District in midtown Manhattan.  The district judge also ordered Rivera to forfeit $2.93 million in criminal proceeds.

Rivera was the leader of a robbery and extortion crew that operated primarily in the Diamond District in midtown Manhattan from at least 2003 through December 2009.