When Oliver Eugene Anderson was kidnapped in Arkansas and taken to a Mississippi casino to cash a $2,000 ransom check, he figured out a simple way to escape. He screamed for help. His abductors fled.

When Oliver Eugene Anderson was kidnapped in Arkansas and taken to a Mississippi casino to cash a $2,000 ransom check, he figured out a simple way to escape. He screamed for help. His abductors fled.

One of the suspects, Dennis Lee Andrews, is scheduled be sentenced Dec. 29 in U.S. District Court in Greenville, Miss., for kidnapping and using a gun during a violent crime. Two others, Athena Marie Byrd and Patrick Hollowell, have pleaded guilty in the case. Their sentencing dates have not been set. All three have been held without bond because a judge said they are dangerous.

Andrews allegedly confessed to an FBI agent that he was using methamphetamine and popping pills at a friend's house in West Helena, Ark., on Feb. 2, the night the abduction happened. He and Hollowell went to a Motel 6 in the area and picked up a pistol, according to court records that cite Andrews' confession to the FBI.

"Because he was 'high,' he does not remember where the two met up with co-defendant Athena Marie Byrd, but the three of them devised a 'scam' to obtain money from Oliver Eugene Anderson," court records said.

Byrd is described by people who know her as a 33-year-old woman who has struggled with drug addiction for much of her life. Court records describe her both as Anderson's friend or part-time girlfriend.

On the night of the abduction, Byrd went to Anderson's house first so she would be there when the others arrived. Andrews and Hollowell showed up and held Anderson and Byrd at gunpoint. Anderson asked what he could do to make them leave, records show.

The woman allegedly said she owed Andrews and Hollowell $2,000. They stole binoculars, pistols and other items but weren't satisfied with the money and valuables Anderson had at his house.

They forced Anderson to write a check, then Andrews and Byrd loaded him into her car at gun point and headed across the nearby Mississippi River to the Isle of Capri Casino in Coahoma County, Miss., to cash the check.

Once inside the casino at the teller's window, "Anderson screamed that he was being kidnapped, or words to that effect," the indictment said. The abductors fled. Andrews dumped the gun at another man's house.

Andrews pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy and using a gun during a violent crime. Hollowell pleaded guilty in the same month to conspiracy, kidnapping and using a gun during a violent crime. Byrd pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy and kidnapping.

Hollowell's attorney, Justin Strauss Cluck, had no comment. Attorneys for Byrd and Andrews didn't respond to messages seeking comment.

Conspiracy carries a possible sentence up to five years, kidnapping has a possible life sentence and using a gun in a violent crime has a minimum sentence of seven years.