The grandmother and uncle of a 2-year-old boy who was taken from his guardians' home in Hooper in November have pleaded guilty to custodial interference charges.
Originally charged with first-degree felony aggravated burglary and Class A misdemeanor custodial interference, the grandmother, Darla Jean Via, 44, pleaded guilty in 2nd Circuit Court to the custodial interference charge and to a Class B misdemeanor trespass charge.She was sentenced by Judge Parley R. Baldwin to pay $450 in fines and serve one year on court probation.
The uncle, Mark Allen Via, 26, who was charged with the same crimes, pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony aggravated assault charge and to custodial interference. He faces sentencing in 2nd District Court in April.
The parents of the child, Robert Wilton Via, 28, and Carol N. Holleran, 30, also were scheduled to make the same plea bargain as Darla Via, but failed to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
Defense attorneys Bernard Allen and John Caine asked to have the case continued to see if the couple makes it from Garden Grove, Calif., where the Vias live.
The Vias, without Holleran in their company, went to the Hooper home of James and Evelyn Neal on Nov. 12 to get the child.
According to police reports, Mark Via held a pellet gun on the Neals while Darla Via took the child and the group then joined Holleran, got into a car and headed for California.