Man charged in kidnapping Summit County woman appears in court
Jason Stone made his first appearance on Monday
The man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Summit County woman the weekend before the Fourth of July, made an initial appearance in Third District Court Monday morning.
Last week, Jason R. Stone, age 47, was formally charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, witness tampering and possession of a stolen vehicle. Aggravated kidnapping, the most serious charge, is a first-degree felony, which is punishable upon conviction by a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison.
Monday, Stone was appointed Summit County public defender John Johnson after he told Judge Paige Petersen he was unsure whether he could afford to hire an attorney. He is currently being held on $250,000 cash-only bail in the Summit County Jail.
Stone is scheduled to appear again in Third District Court Monday, July 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Stone was arrested on July 3 after his on-and-off again girlfriend escaped from his apartment at the Canyon Creek Club apartments in the Kimball Junction area and ran to a hotel to call 911. Stone allegedly beat the victim repeatedly over the course of three days and refused to let her leave, barricading her in his daughter’s second-story room with duct tape and climbing rope. She suffered multiple bone fractures and an internal head injury, according to court documents.
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