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Man Bound Over For Trial In Garden City Kidnapping Case Pleads Not Guilty

A man accused of kidnapping and beating a woman in Garden City was bound over for trial in 1st District Court on Tuesday.

John Joseph Sharkey, 43, faces 11 charges including first-degree aggravated kidnapping, second-degree and third-degree aggravated assault, and first-degree aggravated sexual assault.


After Sharkey’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Judge Angela Fonnesbeck found probable cause existed for all charges. However, prosecutors elected to dismiss one count of second-degree aggravated sexual extortion of an adult due to lacking evidence. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.