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Amish Kidnapping, Sexual Abuse Suspects Sentenced to 880 Years in Prison

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By    |   Friday, 18 Dec 2015 11:51 AM

A couple who kidnapped two Amish girls and admitted to sexually abusing them and four other children were sentenced to a total of 880 years in prison this week.

Accused of drugging the children and forcing them to perform sexual acts on camera, 40-year-old Stephen M. Howells II and 26-year-old Nicole F. Vaisey were sentenced to 580 years and 300 years in prison, respectively, in a Syracuse court Thursday, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

The couple reportedly admitted in May to sexually exploiting their young victims, who ranged in age from 5 to 11, according to the newspaper.

"These diabolical acts were not enough to quell (Howells') pedophilic appetite," assistant U.S. attorney Lisa Fletcher said in court, according to Syracuse.com. "Howells and Vaisey took their twisted relationship to a shocking new level: They plotted and planned to kidnap children for use as sex slaves."

Howells and Vaisey reportedly used a puppy to lure and kidnap two of their victims — two Amish girls, aged 7 and 12 — from a farm stand in Heuvelton, New York, in August 2014. The girls were found a day later thanks to an Amber Alert search, the Times reported.

It was then that investigators uncovered more cases of abuse. Howells also reportedly admitted to possessing child pornography.

"You are predators, and you are the nightmares that children will have for the rest of their lives," Chief Judge Glenn T. Suddaby told the pair during sentencing. "I cannot impose a sentence that could allow you to have access to children ever again."

Howells apologized in court, taking responsibility for the horrific crimes.

"The evil that I've done is my own," he said. "If the victims decide they ever want to know, I would tell them that they did nothing wrong."

The judge rejected Vaisey's claim that she feared turning Howells in to authorities because she was under his influence as in a master-slave relationship.

"To suggest that you were suffering from Stockholm syndrome . . . is so far from the truth that it's incomprehensible," Suddaby said in court, according to Syracuse.com.

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