Nordrum sentenced in son’s kidnapping
A former International Falls man who kidnapped his seven-year-old son from his ex-wife for 11 days in March was sentenced Sept. 6 to two years at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center and 10 years of supervised probation and was ordered to undergo chemical dependency and mental health evaluations, according to news reports.
James Leon Nordrum, 42, Cloquet, escaped a 68-month prison sentence when his defense attorney, Terri Port Wright, argued to Judge Heather Sweetland that there were substantial and compelling reasons for her client to be treated locally while on probation and not sent to prison.
The boy was rescued at the cabin on April 7 by members of several law enforcement agencies.
Candice Nordrum, formerly of Fort Frances, gave a victim impact statement to the court in which she said her 2001 marriage to the defendant started to unravel in 2004 because of his use of methamphetamine. She said she put up with six years of her ex-husband’s violent and unpredictable behavior.
Before being sentenced, Nordrum apologized to his ex-wife and to her parents.
The defendant said there was a lot he would like to say, but said he didn’t want to make excuses.
“I screwed up,” he said.
St. Louis County prosecutor Jessica Smith conceded that there were substantial and compelling reasons for the court to depart from sentencing guidelines and she didn’t argue against the probationary sentence.
She deferred to the court.