by Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)
"It's his turn to experience the hell he put me through. My life will never be the same so why should his."
That's what Joyce Patterson told a judge about the man who abducted her last summer. She pleaded for Robert Abner to get the maximum prison sentence. "Let him realize how much he tortured me and put me through. He deserves to pay the price," she said.
A jury convicted Abner of kidnapping Patterson from the convenience store where she worked. He held her captive for three days at him home and sexually assaulted her. "You just don't know the level of fear until you experience the fear yourself. It just keeps escalating," she said.
The judge sentenced Abner to the maximum for each of the 11 counts, which equals 139 years. But state statute only allows for 47 years.