Published: Nov 16, 2010 12:40 AM EST
Updated: Nov 15, 2010 9:40 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Luz Huyo walked into a Lee County courtroom today to ask a judge if she could leave jail temporarily, under guard, to visit her home to straighten out her affairs. The 64 year-old is facing a life prison sentence.

She watched as a group of men tied up another man in her home; beat him, and threatened him with knives and an electric grinder, all while his wife was forced to watch.

The judge told Huyo she could not leave jail unless it's a matter of life or death.