Kidnapping suspect released on day of arrival at Nevada prison

LAS VEGAS — A man who was at the center of an intense police search in Oregon after a violent kidnapping last week was released from custody by Nevada prison officials in October 2021, the same day he was released into state custody was transferred to serve a kidnapping sentence, authorities said Monday.

Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, was charged with five felonies, including assault and assault, and faced decades in prison. A plea deal with Clark County prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges in 2019, and a judge sentenced him to between one and two and a half years in a state prison.

William Quenga, a spokesman for the Nevada prison system, told The Associated Press in an email that Foster arrived at a prison reception facility on Oct. 18, 2021, but was released the same day because the judge’s 729 days factored into Foster’s punishment. He had been in prison awaiting trial.