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Man Pleads Guilty in Abduction at Weber State

Man Pleads Guilty in Abduction at Weber State

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Scott Allen Rainford has pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and attempted murder in the abduction of his estranged wife from Weber State University.

Rainford, 34, entered the pleas Wednesday before 2nd District Judge W. Brent West, and sentencing was set for Jan. 21.

On April 21, Rainford forced the woman, a student at Weber, into the back of a van allegedly driven by a teenage accomplice, who is charged in juvenile court.

Another Weber student took down the license-plate number and called authorities.

Police caught up with Rainford in a Kaysville hotel, where the found the woman tied to a bed, naked and beaten, her head wrapped in tape.

In July, Rainford was found competent to stand trial after psychological examinations requested by defense attorneys, who contended he had an apparent bipolar disorder but was treated only for depression.

Rainford will be sentenced Jan. 21 also for a violation of a protective order his wife had obtain in February. She said he had threatened to kill her.

He violated the protective order the next month in confronting the woman on the Weber State campus,

Also in March, Rainford was temporarily admitted to a psychiatric ward at McKay-Dee Hospital for 72 hours after obsessive talk of killing himself, according to court records.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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