Abductor seeks — and fails — to get lesser sentence

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After being kidnapped, bound and beaten, a 25-year-old Spokane woman was found wandering Highway 53 near Rathdrum in November 2015, her eyes still covered with duct tape.

Angela M. Frisby, 37; Travis S. Anderson, 27; and Lilly M. Johnson, 19, were accused of leaving the woman to freeze to death in a nearby garage after she was abducted from a west Spokane convenience store.

Frisby was sentenced to 25 years last April for first-degree kidnapping and aggravated battery. Anderson was sentenced to 32 years for the same offenses in August, 14 years of the sentence being fixed. Both pleaded guilty.

Anderson recently wrote a 10-page letter to Judge Rich Christensen, asking for an amended sentence while explaining his side of the story. The judge denied the request, but did credit Anderson for 261 days served.

According to a police report, Anderson and Frisby confronted the victim at the convenience store over a property conflict before things escalated. The victim was put in a trunk before the abductors drove to Coeur d'Alene to pick up Johnson and headed to a remote garage in Rathdrum.

The store's clerk said Frisby grabbed the victim by her hair from inside the convenience store and took her outside.

In the lengthy letter, Anderson, who said he shared methamphetamine with Frisby, stressed the kidnapping wasn't premeditated.

"Due to bad decision-making and misfortune, the ratio definitely favoring the former, I was an accomplice to an unplanned kidnapping. I don't claim to be any sort of knowledgeable party regarding matters of the law, but as I understand, first-degree kidnapping implies premeditation or planning of the crime. I pleaded guilty under advice of my counsel, because I was told if I didn't I would simply be tried in Federal Courts and these courts don't differentiate between premeditated or not."

Anderson paints a different picture of the evening, saying he went to the store only to talk to the victim, whom he alleges to have stolen his car. Knowing the victim wouldn't talk to him, he said he sent Frisby into the store to ask the victim if she wanted a ride.

Instead, he said, Frisby pulled her by the hair and put her in the trunk.

"Ms. Frisby later told me she didn't want (the victim) to refuse the ride or jump out of the car as soon as she saw me and thought it would be easier to put her in the trunk. I was shocked at her actions and worried about the police coming and arresting us, so I made a poor decision."

The Rathdrum location was Frisby's idea, he said, saying she had recently stolen copper wire from the garage. He denied the allegations by prosecutors saying Anderson told the victim he was taking her to North Dakota to be "gang raped to death."

Frisby believed taking the victim to the cold garage would make her quickly admit where the stolen car was, Anderson wrote.

Johnson, the other person involved, had sealed records in the Idaho Repository, but Anderson wrote she was sentenced to 15 years for her involvement, 10 being indeterminate.

Anderson said he had only two misdemeanor offenses in his life prior to this case and didn't understand why Frisby, who had multiple previous felonies, got a lesser sentence.

"I think it is more than fair to request my sentence to be structured between the two. I hope that you will see I am a new father, an honest man and one who knows he must be held accountable for his actions but doesn't pose a threat to society."

The judge apparently did not.

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