Updated: 06/27/2014 6:10 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 3:46 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
It was a tough day on the witness stand for Roberta Caskey, the Virginia woman kidnapped by her estranged husband in the summer of 2011. In federal court on Friday, she recounted much of the three week ordeal before authorities found the couple in Mexico.
Roberta said her estranged husband, Timothy Caskey, forced her into his pickup truck as she walked down a Virginia street on July 14, 2011. In court, she explained that she didn't want to go with him.
“I was screaming and crying and telling him to stop,” Roberta said.
In February, Caskey pleaded guilty to kidnapping and a bank robbery that occurred later in Kansas.
Roberta testified that Caskey hit her with the handle of a screwdriver and scared her with a knife during the incident. When prosecutors asked why she never tried to escape she said Caskey threatened her by saying, “If you do anything stupid I'm going to hurt you or kill you.”
Caskey's defense attorney questioned Roberta's recollection of the events, and she said a brain aneurysm she suffered hinders her memory. The defense attorney also brought up treatment that Timothy Caskey is receiving due to physical and sexual abuse in his past.
Roberta was the only witness at the hearing, and she declined interviews afterward. Her testimony will be used in part to determine Caskey's sentence.
The defense and prosecuting attorneys have a month to produce written arguments for the judge to consider before Caskey is sentenced.
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