Cloquet Man Sentenced for Kidnapping Son

By KBJR News 1

James Leon Nordrum Jr., 41, and Wyatt Nordrum, 7

September 6, 2012 Updated Sep 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- James Nordrum Jr., the man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping his son earlier this year has been sentenced to over 5 years in prison.

Nordrum was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison for kidnapping his 7 year old son back in March after he lost custody of the child.

However, since Nordrum pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge, Nordrum's prison sentence has been stayed and instead he will spend 1 year at either the Northeast Regional Correction Center or the St. Louis County Jail and then spend 9 years on probation.

If Nordrum violates his probation, then he will have to serve his 5 years and 8 months prison sentence.

Terms of his probation include, he is only allowed contact with the victims if the family allows, Nordrum must attend counseling and mental and chemical dependency treatment, and register as a predatory offender as well as many other terms.

Nordrum was also sentenced today for an alteration of a fire arm. He will serve one year in jail at either the Northeast Regional Correction Center or the St. Louis County Jail before he begins his sentence for the kidnapping charge.

Back on March 28th, Nordrum Jr. abducted his son Wyatt after he was supposed to return the 7 year old to the St. Louis County Courthouse for a motion hearing regarding Nordrum's pending divorce trial.

Nordrum and his son were missing for almost two weeks when authorities found the two in a cabin on Lost Lake in the area of Stoney Brook Township early in the morning on April 8th.

James Nordrum Jr. was found with self inflicted stab wounds to his neck. Nordrum's son was found unharmed.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns