Denver man pleads guilty to kidnapping hikers
February 18, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A 44-year-old Denver man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping two hikers near Nederland in 2010.
The Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/Aj8FuQ) Joseph Carter pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping. He could be sentenced to between 10 and 24 years in prison at a hearing scheduled for April 13.
Authorities say Carter had confronted a man and woman near a campground, separated them at gunpoint and handcuffed the man to a tree.
Carter eventually let the woman go. The man told police he dislocated his thumb to free himself from the cuffs.
Carter was later found camping in the area. He initially was found incompetent to stand trial, but doctors later cleared him to face charges.