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Lifetime prison terms in Amish kidnap case

Posted at 7:43 AM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 07:43:58-05

A man and a woman who kidnapped and sexually abused two Amish girls in northern New York last year have been sentenced to lifetime prison terms.

Nicole Vaisey and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells, admitted in state and federal courts that they kidnapped the two girls and have sexually exploited six children altogether. Authorities say victims were drugged and recorded during sex acts.

Judge Glenn Suddaby on Thursday sentenced both to the maximum possible terms, which prosecutors recommended. That's 580 years for Howells on 21 charges and 300 years for Vaisey on 10 charges.

Prosecutors say the abuse ended after the couple was arrested in the kidnapping of the two young Amish girls from a farm stand in August 2014. The girls were released after a day.

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