A Salt Lake County man will spend at least two years in prison for kidnapping and robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint last year.
Third District Judge Glenn Iwa-saki on Monday sentenced James C. Cranley, 21, to spend two concurrent one-to-15-year terms at the Utah State Prison. The terms will run consecutively to a prison term Cranley is already serving for unrelated charges of possession of a stolen firearm and burglary.Cranley was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges of kidnapping and robbery, second-degree felonies.
His co-defendant, Christina L. Gardner, 25, was charged similarly and pleaded guilty to the aggravated robbery charge after prosecutors agreed to drop the second first-degree felony charge. She was sentenced in November to a five-years-to-life prison term.
Cranley and Gardner admitted pulling a gun on a 24-year-old man delivering a pizza in an apartment complex near 2300 South and 700 East on April 10, 1997. They took his keys and, while holding a gun on him, ordered him into his car and kidnapped him.
Cranley and Gardner debated shooting the victim, but decided against it. The victim escaped in Evanston and notified police.