FARMINGTON -- A judge called the kidnapping and robbery of a 50-year-old man "despicable" in sentencing hearings for a pair who admitted to the crimes.
Jordan Marie Thornberg, 19, and Garret Sweat, 19, appeared in separate hearings Wednesday before Judge David Hamilton in 2nd District Court.
Sweat entered guilty pleas to kidnapping and robbery, both second-degree felonies. Sweat then waived his right to be sentenced at a later time and asked to be sentenced at the same hearing.
Hamilton sentenced him to one to 15 years in Utah State Prison for each count and for the sentences to run consecutively.
"The conduct you engaged in was despicable," Hamilton said in the hearing for Sweat.
Thornberg had entered guilty pleas May 15 to kidnapping and robbery, both second-degree felonies. In Wednesday's hearing, Hamilton suspended prison sentences in lieu of a jail and probation sentence.
He ordered Thornberg to serve one year in Davis County Jail and did not give her any credit for the 166 days she has already served. He also ordered her to serve five years' probation with Adult Probation & Parole. He also told her that the probation was "zero tolerance."
Both Sweat and Thornberg will be listed on the state's kidnapping registry.
Thornberg's attorney, Michael Edwards, said Thornberg is "truly remorseful" and understands she has to turn her life around. He said she was an accomplice, not the person who committed the violent acts, and she was addicted to methamphetamine.
Deputy County Attorney Ryan Perkins said the negotiated plea, which included a recommendation for jail and probation for Thornberg, was not one his office made lightly because of its concern for the community's safety.
Thornberg told the Adult Probation & Parole officer who did the presentence report, "she literally would have done anything for drugs," Perkins said.
"The conduct was despicable, and you cannot be excused by the fact you were victimized as a child or your drug use," Hamilton said.
The victim "suffered a 12-hour ordeal and was in essence tortured," the judge said.
The victim was not in the courtroom.
Hamilton told Thornberg she has a chance "to make something of yourself. True, you're at the bottom, and you're going to have to dig yourself out, but the alternative is, it's a hell of a life you don't want to live if you don't."
Sweat and Thornberg were found in West Jordan two days after they left a 50-year-old man bound by duct tape to a table in his Bountiful home, police said.
The two were not related to the man, but he was an acquaintance of Sweat, police said. The man allowed Sweat into his home at 8 p.m. Jan. 7, after Sweat mentioned a mutual friend of the older man. Once inside, Sweat then got Thornberg into the house without the homeowner's knowledge.
When the homeowner found Thornberg hiding in his home, the two "choked the homeowner with a shoelace to the point of the homeowner losing consciousness," according to the documents.
The pair then held the man at knifepoint and duct-taped him to a table, where he stayed throughout the night, according to the document.
The intruders took multiple items, including a debit card, a cellphone, a laptop computer, jewelry and multiple coats. They also "forced the homeowner to write a check to them in the amount of $1,100," according to the document.
Thornberg and Sweat left the house at 8 a.m. Jan. 8. The homeowner was able to break free from the duct-tape restraints and called police.