Man Sentenced in Abduction and Beating Case

Man Sentenced in Abduction and Beating Case

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- A Clearfield man accused of abducting and beating a teen near Cedar City in April has been sentenced.

Yesterday, a judge ordered 19-year-old Joseph N. Godfrey to serve one to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was originally also charged with aggravated kidnapping, but the charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

Authorities say Godfrey took part in the abduction of a 17-year-old boy in West Point on April 19th. The boy was then driven to the Three Peaks area near Cedar City, where he was severely beaten.

Police say the beating was in connection with a drug debt.

Three others are also charged in the case. Tiffany Nelson and Gary Hart have already been sentenced to one to 15 years. Shaun Douglas is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in November.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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