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Man Sentenced for Heber Standoff

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HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of taking hostages at a Heber City medical clinic in January has been sentenced.

A judge ordered 36-year-old Royal K. Giles to spend up to 15 years in prison. However, Giles must first undergo an evaluation at the state mental hospital before he's sent to prison.

Last week, Giles pleaded guilty and mentally ill to three counts of second-degree felony kidnapping in a plea deal.

Back in January, Giles went to the Wasatch Medical Clinic to speak to a doctor who treated his stepfather. He then became afraid and angry with a patient typing on a laptop computer.

When the patient was called by a nurse, Giles allegedly pulled a gun on him and falsely identified himself as a police officer.

Police convinced him within minutes to surrender. There were no injuries

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

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