LAYTON -- A 30-year-old Sandy man entered two guilty pleas to kidnapping charges.
Joshua Latoice Cronin appeared in 2nd District Court on Tuesday before Judge David Hamilton.
His attorney, Ron Yengich, said prosecutors agreed to amend the charges from first-degree felonies to third-degree felonies. The other charges, two counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault and one count of attempted violation of a protective order, a class B misdemeanor, were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.
A sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 19 in 2nd District Court in Farmington.
Cronin was arrested in Oct. 7, 2010, at the Rainbow Hotel in Wendover, Nev.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Brandon Poll said Cronin and his wife at the time were going through a divorce. He met with his in-laws in Syracuse and entered their car, demanding they take him to his wife. He then took their cell phones and called his wife, who hung up on him.
"He then produced a handgun or what looked like a handgun and threatened them," Poll said.
The woman was able to get out of the car, but Cronin then threatened her.
Yengich said, "We dispute a weapon was involved."
Cronin had met the couple to return his son to his wife following a visitation, police said. He was allowed to have his son for three hours every Wednesday night. However, when his wife's parents went to pick up their grandson on Sept. 29, 2010, he refused to let them take the boy.
A week later, Cronin called the couple and said he would meet them near Syracuse Family Fun Center. That is when Cronin kidnapped the couple.
A court protective order had been issued against Cronin, who was not to have any contact with his ex-wife, police said.