A convicted kidnapper who abducted and robbed a Denton County woman in 2010 as she drove home from work has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a plea bargain with Denton County prosecutors.
Edward Muckelroy, 20, of DeSoto pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping in the 362nd District Court in Denton.Muckelroy was sentenced on Jan. 19.
In August, a Denton County jury convicted an accomplice, Nathaniel Williams, 18, of Dallas, on the same charges. He was sentenced to 35 years.
A third man in the case, Matthew Aaron Casaus, 24, of Dallas, is scheduled to go on trial on Feb. 27 in Denton.
The three were arrested in December 2010 just hours after 55-year-old Eileen Loskot of Double Oak was abducted, robbed and then forced to drive to New Mexico. Muckelroy and Williams were arrested in New Mexico; Casaus was taken into custody in Denton County.
Loskot was released in Santa Rosa, N.M., which is about 510 miles from Double Oak and near Tucumcari, N.M.
According to authorities, Loskot was returning home to Double Oak from her workplace in Dallas on the morning of Dec. 16, 2010, when her 2004 Infiniti was struck by another car at 1:30 a.m. at Farm Road 407 and Simmons Road.
Shortly after the wreck, Loskot called her husband on her cellphone and left a voice mail message, authorities said.
On the recording, Loskot can be heard talking to men who forced their way into her car, authorities said.
Loskot was forced to make several withdrawals from ATMs and to drive two of the three men to New Mexico.
After withdrawing the money, Texas Rangers said, the men forced Loskot into the trunk of her own car, where she spent about 14 hours, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.
Loskot told investigators that she was not physically or sexually assaulted.
At some point, her captors let her go with her vehicle, authorities said.
Loskot called her husband from Santa Rosa, N.M., and then drove herself to Texas and was spotted by waiting state troopers near Vega. Vega is just east of the New Mexico line.
By chance, Double Oak police stopped Casaus for failing to maintain a single lane of traffic at 1:40 a.m., a Double Oak police release stated. He was given a warning citation.
The information was later used to track his home address, authorities said.
This report contains information from the Associated Press and Star-Telegram archives.