Oakland: Former member of ‘Your Black Muslim Bakery’ convicted of kidnapping, torture sentenced to 20 years

OAKLAND – A former member of the now-defunct ‘Your Black Muslim Bakery’ in Oakland was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his role in the abduction and torture of two women seven years ago, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said.

Richard Lewis, a 30-year-old former football star at Mission High School in San Francisco, will be back in Alameda County Superior Court on Jan. 30 for the execution of his sentence, district attorney’s spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said.

Prosecutors said the May 17, 2007, crime was a bungled attempt to get money to save the bakery from bankruptcy, as it faced a foreclosure hearing four days later. The bakery did go bankrupt and closed its doors later that year.

Prosecutor Chris Lamiero alleged that Lewis, bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and several other bakery associates kidnapped and tortured a mother and daughter to get them to reveal where a drug dealer they knew kept his money.

Lamiero said in his closing argument that Lewis cut the daughter with a knife and threatened her with a curling iron…