A man from rural Platteville who was facing over
100 charges in Grant County Court has reached a
plea deal with prosecutors. Court records show
45-year-old Robert Van Natta has been sentenced
to 15-years in prison with 10-years of extended
supervision on a charge of kidnapping.
Grant County Judge Robert VanDeHey
has also sentenced Van Natta on charges of
soliciting someone to commit murder,
obstructing an officer, and 40 misdemeanor
counts of having sex with a child age 16 or
older. However, those sentences are for smaller
terms, and are to be served concurrently with
the sentence for kidnapping.
Van Natta has been found guilty by
Judge VanDeHey on the soliciting murder
charge due to an Alford plea.
In addition, Judge Robert VanDeHey has found
Van Natta guilty on charges of obstructing an
officer, 40 charges of having sex with a child
age 16 or older, and kidnapping. That’s after
Van Natta pled no contest to those charges.
All other charges in the other cases have been
dismissed. That includes 54 felony counts of
child enticement and exposing his genitals to
to a child. Five charges that were dismissed were
used as read-ins in his sentencing, including
three felony bail jumping charges and one
charge of false imprisonment and one charge
of illegal possession of explosives.
The plea deal and sentencing comes after
Van Natta had been found competent to stand
trial by Judge VanDeHey in a competency
hearing last month.