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 At first the kidnappers' identity remained unknown (see Mosiah 20:1); according to Mosiah 21:21, the punishment was to be for other crimes, such as theft of grain. For the crime of kidnapping, the punishment was to be death; compare Mosiah 20:7 wherein the Lamanite king seeks to "destroy" Limhi's people for the kidnapping and Mosiah 21:23 wherein Limhi, thinking "Ammon and his brethren" to be "priests of Noah," would have "put [them] to death."