John Esposito died last week of natural causes at Sing Sing prison in Ossining. He did not know of the decision when he died.
A woman was riding her bike when she was hit by a Honda Odyssey and then pulled into the van, where she told police she was blindfolded, tied-up and beaten by at least four men, police said.
NYPD Commissioner Kelly said Thursday that detectives were also looking for a man in New York City. Three others are being held without bail.
Since Nov. 1, someone has been calling people, telling them a family member has been kidnapped, held hostage or involved in an auto accident, police said. The male caller then demands a payment, usually through Western Union, to save or help the family member.