Archive for Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sentence delayed in clerk’s kidnapping case

July 12, 2009


— Sentencing has been delayed until next month for a man who sexually assaulting a Wichita-area convenience store clerk during the three days he held her captive.

Forty-year-old Robert Abner had been scheduled to be sentenced Friday. But Deputy Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said the delay stemmed from defense questions about how Abner’s prior misdemeanor convictions should count toward his sentence.

Abner was convicted last month of six counts of rape, two counts of aggravated sodomy, and one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Prosecutors said Abner robbed the clerk last summer while she was working at a Viola convenience store. He then blindfolded her and forced her to ride on the floor of the getaway car.

Abner eventually dropped the woman off outside the home of her family’s minister.


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