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Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for kidnapping student for ransom in Markham

WATCH ABOVE: (April 2) Ransom demanded in alleged kidnapping of Wanzhen Lu: York Regional Police

York Regional Police say a 22-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison after kidnapping a student for ransom in Markham earlier this year.

According to police, Wanzhen Lu, 22, was kidnapped on March 23 at around 6 p.m. in an underground parking garage near Highway 7 and Birchmount Road.

The incident made headlines around the world and investigators said Lu was found with minor injuries three days later in Gravenhurst, a rural community north of Toronto.

READ MORE: 3rd suspect arrested in connection with Markham armed kidnapping, final suspect still wanted

Police said ransom demands were made following the kidnapping.

In a news release Friday, police said Nathan Plater pleaded guilty to a charge of kidnapping for ransom and was sentenced on Wednesday.

Plater was given 90 days credit for time served and will serve a remaining three years and nine months, police said.

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Plater was the third suspect to be arrested in connection with the kidnapping investigation after officers executed a search warrant on April 25 in the township of Clearview, near Barrie.

Hashim Abdullahi, 33, and Abdullahi Adan, 37, also face charges in connection with the case and are expected to appear in a Newmarket court again on July 3.

READ MORE: Victim kidnapped from Markham parking garage found safe in Gravenhurst: police

A Canada-wide warrant remains in effect for a fourth suspect.

Muzamil Addow, 28, of Toronto is wanted on charges of kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, and failure to comply with recognizance, among other charges, investigators said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

York police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Muzamil Addow in relation to the kdinapping of Wanzhen Lu.
York police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Muzamil Addow in relation to the kdinapping of Wanzhen Lu. York Police/Handouts

WATCH: Coverage of the alleged armed kidnapping of Wanzhen Lu 

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