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Jason Olson, Deseret News
Julia Redd

PROVO — When the story came out that 21-year-old Julianna Myers had been "kidnapped" by her parents the day before her wedding, the world took sides.

Some called her an ungrateful daughter who failed to see how much her parents loved her and how they were looking out for her best interests.

Others chimed in with similar stories about overprotective parents and attempts to spoil relationships.

But a recent request from prosecutors to review mother Julia Redd's sentence — for fear her personality disorder will prevent her from completing court-required mental health treatment — has given a little more clout to Julianna's story, she says.

"What I saw before, now ... it's been proven, it's been seen by a doctor," said Myers, who is now the mother of two young girls. "It's been one thing for me to say it, now it's a reality. Hopefully now she'll really get the help I've been hoping she'd get all along."

Julia Redd and her husband, Lemuel Redd, each pleaded guilty to a class A misdemeanor of custodial interference for driving Julianna to Colorado in Aug. 4, 2006, the night before her wedding. After spending the night in a prepaid hotel room, the parents took her back, and Julianna married her sweetheart, Perry Myers, days later.

With the guilty plea, there was no required jail time or even community service. Instead, Judge James Taylor ordered Julia Red to get a mental health evaluation and any recommended treatment, plus spend time in marriage counseling with her husband.

But after prosecutor Curtis Larson read the mental-health evaluation, he said he was worried Redd might not be able to complete the "vigorous treatment program," as outlined by Dr. C.Y. Roby.

So he sent a letter to Roby asking for clarification. Roby responded and addressed each of the 10 concerns, according to his motion to review sentence filed recently in 4th District Court.

"Because Ms. Redd suffers from many ... pathological components for a diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, she will find it very difficult to engage positively in treatment," Roby wrote.

He said without a period of incarceration and involvement in and successful completion of the treatment he previously recommended, "there is little chance that she will make the needed changes," according to the motion.

Details of that treatment were not in the motion, and Larson could not comment on any treatment recommendations.

Numerous calls and messages to defense attorneys were not returned Friday.

"I'm looking at it from the fact that the judge has ordered her into treatment; however, we've got the mental health professional indicating she won't complete (it), she won't be able to," Larson said. "The judge has got to modify his order or impose something that he thinks is appropriate, given the circumstance."

Larson said it's unusual for prosecutors to file motions to review sentences, but if the judge's required therapy cannot be completed, they need to find another answer.

Julianna and Perry Myers told the Deseret News the ruling and subsequent evaluation have answered a few questions.

"It's what we've been saying all along," Perry Myers said. "It's nice for the public to be able to finally see what our concerns were."


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