Prosecutors Seek 580 Years for Kidnapper of 2 NY Amish Girls

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Prosecutors Seek 580 Years for Stephen M. Howells, Kidnapper of Two Amish Girls.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York. District Court, Syracuse, after admitting in May that they sexually exploited the children by drugging the youths and then recording sexual acts with them. The girls were released after a day. “It is overwhelming to imagine the sheer terror inflicted on these young girls, taken from their family and their community, held captive for more than 24 hours, drugged, and subjected to degrading and unspeakable brutalities,” read the sentencing memorandum by assistant U.S. attorney Lisa Fletcher. Though his conduct was “obviously reprehensible,” Howells is remorseful and accepts responsibility, assistant federal public defender Randi Bianco wrote in a memorandum.

Her attorney, Bradford Riendeau, asked the judge this week in a filing to consider a sentence below the lawful maximum, arguing she had been severely abused by Howells and considered herself his “slave and property.” Riendeau maintains that Vaisey considered herself to be a slave of Howells, who subjected her to repeated sexual degradations in what was Vaisey’s “first romantic relationship.” Mr. Riendeau said that when police became involved in the children’s kidnapping, Howells “intimated” that he would commit suicide rather than be arrested for his behavior. Riendeau wrote. “Thus surrender to the authorities and confession became life saving acts by Nicole Vaisey.” In addition to the federal sentencing, Howells and Vaisey face sentencing in County Court on multiple state charges, including kidnapping.

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