FARMINGTON -- The past 18 months have been "hell," a woman says about waiting for the resolution of the case against the man who kidnapped her parents.
"I've been scared every day," said Desiree Bess.
Her ex-husband, Joshua Latoice Cronin, 30, was to be sentenced Wednesday on two third-degree counts of kidnapping.
But he did not show up in 2nd District Court.
Cronin has a history of either being late for court hearings or not showing up at all, said Deputy Davis County Attorney Brandon Poll.
Cronin's attorney, Ron Yengich, said he received a text from Cronin saying he had left Salt Lake City at 10:38 a.m., but his car ran out of gas.
Cronin's sentencing hearing had been set for 10:30 a.m.
Judge David Hamilton issued a no-bail warrant for Cronin and set another hearing for 4 p.m. Tuesday in 2nd District Court in Layton.
Cronin could be sentenced to serve up to five years on each count.
Cronin kidnapped Desiree Bess' parents on Oct. 6, 2010, in Syracuse. Cronin and Desiree Bess were going through a divorce at the time. They have since divorced.
Cronin met with his in-laws in Syracuse and entered their car, demanding they take him to Desiree Bess. He then took their cellphones and called Desiree, who hung up on him.
Cronin then tried to force the two to take him to Desiree, but they refused, even when he had pointed a gun at them, police said.
Instead, they drove around Syracuse, and at one point, the woman got out of the car and ran for help. Eventually, Cronin also got out of the car. He was arrested in Nevada several days later.
"I'm always looking over my shoulder because he's out on probation," Desiree Bess said. "You just never know what he's going to do."
Her parents declined to comment for the news article at this time.
Desiree Bess said there was never any physical abuse during their marriage, but Cronin "definitely would scare me."