OGDEN — A local man was sent to prison Wednesday morning after pleading guilty in November to attempting to kidnap a woman from a running trail in Roy.
Jorge Pedro Soria Nieto, 22, was sentenced to a term of six years to life in a state prison during a Wednesday hearing. Nieto entered into a plea agreement on Nov. 14 that included pleading guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped one count of forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony.
According to the probable cause statement, a woman was walking on the trail behind West Park in Roy on Aug. 25 when Nieto came up behind her, wrapped an arm around her waist, and put his hand over her mouth. He also allegedly attempted to drag her into the bushes.
The woman fought against him, dislodging his hand from her mouth, and began to scream for help, the statement says. Nieto then ran away before being arrested by Roy police officers.
After being read his rights, Nieto told police that he began drinking at 2 p.m. that day, stopped drinking around 4 p.m., and then decided to go on a run around 5 p.m.
“Jorge stated he saw the victim on the trail and had a moment of weakness and went behind the victim, and put his hand around her mouth,” the statement says. “Jorge stated he had bad thoughts, and later said he wanted to touch the victim’s breast but didn’t.”
Nieto was present in court Wednesday alongside his attorney, Jordan Haycock.
Haycock said his client is sorry for what he had done while intoxicated, and argued that the recommended sentence of six years to life in prison for his client was “somewhat harsh.” He added that Nieto also had “ICE and immigration issues” he is facing, but did not elaborate on those issues during the hearing.
Prosecutor Rachel Snow countered and said the state was willing to stand by the recommended sentence. She also said that the victim was not present in court for Nieto’s sentencing, and that she moved out of the state since the attack.
Nieto, speaking through a Spanish translator, thanked the judge for allowing him to speak, and apologized for what he did. “I never have thought or done anything like this before,” he said.
Ultimately, Judge Jennifer Valencia sided with the state, sending Nieto to prison for at least the next six years. Valencia said that she’s seen many other cases like this one, but they often end much more negatively.
Nieto will be transferred to a Utah prison to serve his sentence.