FARMINGTON -- A man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge but says he did not wield a knife at a couple during a vehicle burglary.
Raymond Joseph Emmett, 32, entered a guilty plea to second-degree felony robbery Monday before 2nd District Judge Michael G. Allphin.
Emmett was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery, third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon and class A misdemeanor burglary of a vehicle.
In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the third-degree felony and class A misdemeanor.
A sentencing hearing is set for April 23, when Emmett could be sentenced to serve one to 15 years in Utah State Prison for the second-degree felony.
Emmett had said he was not in Layton on March 31, 2011, when a couple was awakened by a car horn honking at 4:30 a.m.
The couple went outside to investigate, saw their car door open and found a man inside their vehicle. They later identified the man, through a photo lineup, as Emmett.
The couple said the man threatened them with a knife after they pushed the car door shut.
The man got away before police arrived.
Emmett maintained he was in a Clearfield motel with his girlfriend the night of the robbery.
Emmett's attorney, Michael Edwards, questioned the validity of the photo lineup police had used, saying police had shown the witnesses six photographs on one page instead of showing one photo at a time.