TAMPA - Wearing red jail jumpsuits, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken appeared before Judge Walter Heinrich Thursday morning in their first court appearance. They are charged with kidnapping their two young sons after losing custody of the boys.
A court-appointed attorney was assigned to the husband and wife because they can't afford to hire their own attorney.
Judge Heinrich ordered the couple to be held without bond. There will be another hearing this Monday at 8:30 a.m. before the judge appointed to the case.
During that hearing, there will be further discussion over bond for the couple.
They are facing a lengthy list of charges, including kidnapping and child neglect after allegedly abducting their children from their grandparents' home last Wednesday.
The grandparents are scheduled to speak out about this trying ordeal later this morning.
The Hakkens were both booked into the Orient Road Jail early Wednesday morning, and later moved to the Falkenburg jail. ABC Action News learned they were put into separate cells and no visitors were allowed to see them.
In the meantime, their children, 2-year-old and 4-year-old Chase and Cole Hakken are back in the arms of their grandparents. They were awarded full custody of the children just a day before their parents allegedly kidnapped them and sailed to Cuba.
Because of the extensive state charges the couple faces--- the federal unlawful flight charge was dropped.
Tampa defense attorney Bryant Camereno believes the case is pretty clear-cut with some serious consequences.
"They're facing at least three potentially life sentences on the kidnapping charges and on the other offenses, they could face up to 20 years consecutive for Mrs. Hakken, and up to 30 years consecutive for Mr. Hakken," Camareno said.
The couple is not permitted to have contact with their family.