Bountiful man found guilty of kidnapping estranged wife

Dwayne Taylor Rowland. Photo: Davis County

FARMINGTON, Utah, Nov. 24, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A Bountiful man charged with the 2014 kidnapping of his estranged wife was found guilty on Wednesday of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony.

Dwayne Taylor Rowland, 48, was also found guilty two class B misdemeanors: assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child. For the felony alone, Rowland faces 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison. He will be sentenced on Jan. 21.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Jan. 19, 2014. Rowland was accused of kidnapping his estranged wife, Synthia Rowland, from her residence in Bountiful, then driving to Layton to pick up their 14-year-old son, who was staying with relatives.

Synthia Rowland has testified that she was punched and handcuffed at the beginning of the ordeal, and that her then-husband told her they were “going to heaven.”

Rowland and her son were found the next morning near Blanding, more than 310 miles to the southeast of Bountiful. Synthia Rowland has since been granted a divorce.

Dwayne Rowland has been held without bail in the Davis County Jail since Jan. 21, 2014.


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