Suspect in Helper Kidnapping and Robbery Case Pleads “Guilty”

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One of the three suspects connected to December’s Kidnapping and Robbery in Helper plead guilty in Carbon County Seventh District Court on Tuesday.

Twenty-four-year-old Monty Charles Emmons appeared before Judge George Harmond for arraignment and sentencing. After a brief ten-minute recess to review amended information, Emmons was brought before the court on charges of kidnapping, robbery, theft, and unlawful possession of a transaction card.

On December 2, around 1:00p.m Helper City officers were dispatched to a kidnapping and robbery call.

Officers determined later that an adult male subject had been kidnapped from his home in Helper, and driven to a remote location in Carbon County. Helper Police Chief, Trent Anderson, reported the victim had been tied up and forced to give over his possessions. The suspects then allegedly stole money from his bank account and his vehicle from his residence. The victim was forced to walk several miles through rough terrain and through the dark to find help.

Through police work between the Carbon County Sheriff’s Department, Price City Police, Sandy City Police, Moapa Tribal Police (Nevada), and Helper City Police, three suspects were taken into custody just days after the crime had occurred. The suspects are Hannah Downard (21), Monty Charles Emmons (24), and Justin Marrs (22).

On the charge of kidnapping and robbery, both first-degree felonies, Emmons faced one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for each count. On the charge of theft, and unlawful possession and use of a transaction card, a second and third- degree felony, he faced the sentence of a term not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison. Originally, Emmons had been charged with more serious aggravated offenses, but due to his limited criminal background and the agreement of the victim, those charges were dropped.

“My client is willing to accept his responsibility and ready to serve,” said Emmons attorney David Allred.

It was the order of Judge Harmond that Emmons serve the recommended terms for each count, but that those terms run concurrent with each other. Emmons was also ordered to pay $1,547 is restitution to the victim.

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