Accused Kidnapper May Be Working Plea Deal

Accused Kidnapper May Be Working Plea Deal

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(Provo-AP) -- The Orem man accused of kidnapping a Mapleton boy and suspected in several other kidnapping attempts may be working out a plea deal.

Robert Allen Kartchner was in court yesterday.

The 21-year-old pleaded innocent in March to the kidnapping of a five-year-old last October. Attorneys say the two sides are negotiating a plea deal in which Kartchner will enter guilty pleas to lesser charges.

However, a plea agreement has not yet been reached and prosecutors say a deal won't be approved unless the victims' parents are also in agreement.

Kartchner also faces charges in two other attempted kidnappings and a hit-and-run incident that left a 15-year-old injured.

Attorneys say Kartchner is expected to enter pleas on Friday.

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

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