SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man who kidnapped a 68-year-old nurse and forced her to drink alcohol until she passed out was sentenced Friday to a life term in prison, Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced.

Joseph Sullivan was convicted in July of six felony charges, including kidnapping for extortion with bodily injury, burglary, robbery, and carjacking.

In December 2010, the victim was leaving her Orangevale home to go to work in the morning when she was attacked by Sullivan, who was wearing a ski mask.

Sullivan made the victim call her work on her cell phone to tell them she would be late, and then forced her back into her home. He then made her call her bank to raise her ATM limit and turn over her PIN number, Scully said.

Sullivan tied the victim to a chair and forced her to drink alcohol until she passed out.

Co-workers found the victim three hours later still tied to the chair. She was transported to a local hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered a heart attack.

A bulletin was put out for the victim’s stolen vehicle and sheriff’s deputies located Sullivan, the victim’s stolen property and her car within 30 minutes.

Subsequent investigation, including DNA analysis, linked Sullivan to the crime scene and the


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