Virginia woman sentenced to prison for robbery and kidnapping

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A Salem woman was sentenced to serve four years in prison in connection with a robbery and kidnapping in 2020, authorities said.

Michelle Lea Nester, 25, did not contest the charges last June in connection with the robbery and kidnapping of a Forest man, The Roanoke Times reported.

Nester was sentenced Friday in Bedford Circuit Court to 10 years with all but four years suspended. You have been in jail in Amherst since September 12, 2020 and will receive credit for time served.

Bedford County Commonwealth Attorney Wes Nance said during a hearing in June that Nester believed the victim had stolen marijuana from his home in Roanoke and convinced him to come to his home on September 11, 2020.

Several of Nester’s friends approached armed with guns, beat the victim and took personal items from him before tying him up with a cutting line and putting him in the back of his own vehicle, according to previous court documents and hearings. Finally he was driven back home.

During her testimony on Friday, Nester said she never intended to harm the victim; she “just wanted her things back.”

Nester’s attorney, Aaron Houchens, said his client had no criminal record and that the situation “got out of control very quickly.”

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