UPDATED at 4:30 p.m. with the sentence and court testimony.
ST. LOUIS • A former fitness company executive was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for the kidnapping and brutal beating of a man who stole drugs and cash from him.
The six-hour sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in St. Louis featured testimony that former BAM Brands president and CEO Todd Beckman claimed an association with the Hell’s Angels and made a vague reference during the kidnapping to similar conduct in the 1980s.
Beckman attorney Travis Noble said Beckman was a functioning alcoholic and drug addict who was using cocaine, marijuana and pain pills at the time and had undiagnosed attention deficit disorder and anxiety disorder.
Noble also suggested that the marijuana sales may have helped Beckman maintain his lifestyle when the tanning business hit a “dip.”
The longtime defense attorney called it the “strangest case I’ve ever been involved in.”
After Beckman’s associates beat and kidnapped the man from his home in Maplewood, Beckman shaved the man’s signature locks, all 26 inches of them. He said he was going to send the hair to his source of marijuana as proof that he’d caught the thief.
Beckman then beat and kicked him, pistol-whipped him and shocked him with a Taser in between threatening his life, the victim and