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Amish kidnapping: Couple from St. Lawrence County Sentenced For Child Exploitation

A man and woman involved in the kidnapping and sexual abuse of two Amish girls in northern New York were sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse.

Prosecutors are seeking a combined 880-year prison sentence.
The couple was caught after kidnapping two Amish girls from a farm stand last year.

The disturbing case should get resolution Thursday afternoon. That’s when Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey are both expected to be sentenced, possibly to hundreds of years in prison.

Howells and Vaisey have both pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually abusing the two girls in St. Lawrence County in August of last year. The pair grabbed the girls — ages 7 and 12 — at a roadside farm stand. They drugged them and shackled them in Howells’ home.

The girls were released 24 hours later about 15 miles from where they were taken.

Howells and Vaisey have admitted that they sexually exploited a total of six children together and that they drugged their victims and recorded the sex acts on video.

Vaisey’s attorney said that she was a virtual slave to Howells, but prosecutors have disagreed with that characterization.

Both Vaisey and Howells will be sentenced Thursday afternoon in federal court in Syracuse — Howells at 1 p.m. and Vaisey at 1:30 p.m.

Prosecutors asked for a maximum sentence of 300 years for Vaisey and 580 years in prison for Howells.

His lawyers have asked for a sentence of 30 years.

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