Man pleads guilty but mentally ill to taking hostage in 2012 at Salt Lake City FBI office

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 43-year-old man who took a hostage a knife-point at the FBI's downtown Salt Lake City office two years ago has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) a state judge on Monday accepted Robert Joseph Hibbard's plea and ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Prosecutors reduced Hibbard's kidnapping charges as part of a plea agreement.

Authorities say Hibbard forced a 61-year-old man into an elevator in September 2012, telling him he needed to see a forensic psychiatrist.

An FBI agent took Hibbard into custody as he arrived on the 12th floor where the agency had its office.

The hostage was unharmed.

Hibbard is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 20. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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