HOLLIDAYSBURG - A 29-year-old New Kensington man who allegedly threatened a woman in June that he would shoot her if she did not drive him to the Pittsburgh area has been sentenced to a state prison term of six to 12 years for kidnapping and terroristic threats.
Matthew Guyer appeared Friday before Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva, who was presiding over guilty pleas in the Hollidaysburg courthouse.
He has been housed in the Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond.
A police affidavit of probable cause said that Guyer on June 24 approached the woman in the Plank Road Commons parking lot near Wal-Mart and asked her to drive him to 17th Street.
She told police she reluctantly agreed to do so.
As she was turning onto Plank Road to go to the downtown area, Guyer informed the woman he had a gun, and he wanted her to drive toward the Pittsburgh area, at least to Blairsville.
He then asked her to give him her cellphone, which she did.
The charges stated the two drove to New Kensington where she stopped at a convenience store to obtain gasoline.
He put gas in her car and returned her phone. He said he didn't intend to harm her.
The woman was told to drive away, which she did.
She drove to a New Kensington store and called police.
New Kensington and Lower Burrell police responded.
The woman gave police a detailed description. Police located Guyer and placed him under arrest.
He was charged with kidnapping by terroristic threat, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, harassment and assault.
His pleas Friday were to kidnapping and terroristic threats.
The woman was not harmed but was "visibly shaken" after the kidnapping, police stated.
Guyer was prosecuted by Allegheny Township police.
Kopriva ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Guyer stated on his guilty plea colloquy that he had been treated for anxiety and depression following his wife's death a few years ago. He is not receiving mental health care at the moment.