Surprise Guilty Plea In Kidnapping & Rape Trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A surprise guilty plea from a man accused of kidnapping and raping an eastern Kentucky woman.

The plea was entered Monday morning in Pikeville.

Police say in December Matthew Casey led them on a high speed chase through two states after kidnapping and raping a woman.

His trial was supposed to begin Monday, and the commonwealth was asking for the maximum penalty, life in prison, but Casey's attorney says Casey came to court and decided to change his plea to guilty to avoid the trial.

He even confessed to the judge he did the crimes.

The Commonwealth's attorney says he has plenty of DNA evidence and even an eyewitness account Matthew Casey kidnapped a woman he didn't know from the South Williamson Wal-Mart parking lot and later raped and robbed her.

“He was just like a wolf, looking for a victim,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said.

Bartley says never offered a plea deal, but Casey on his own changed his plea to guilty, and then even confessed to the Judge what he did.

“I was on drugs and approached the victim and kidnapped her and held her hostage for awhile, robbed her, raped her,” Matthew Casey said.

Casey avoided a trial, but now he faces up to life in prison.

“I wish I wouldn't have done it. I'd do anything to take it back but I can't,” Casey said.

Now the victim won't have to take the stand and re-live what happened, but Bartley says she's upset she won't have that chance.

“She wanted to confront him in court and tell him even though he did that to her, she was still the winner and he was the loser,” Bartley said.

The judge will decide how long he stays in jail.

Casey's sentencing is scheduled for October 26th, but he still has more charges in federal court from the same night.

He's also accused of kidnapping a five year old girl in West Virginia and sexually assaulting her as well.

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