HERMON, N.Y. – A Hermon couple has been sentenced to hundreds of years behind bars for sexually abusing at least a half dozen children.
Those included Amish sisters, snatched from a roadside stand near Heuvelton last year, which sparked national headlines and a massive search across the North Country.
Stephen Howells II, 40, and his girlfriend Nicole Vaisey, 26, were given a total sentence of nearly 900 years in a federal prison during a court appearance last week.
Howells received a 580 year sentence while Vaisey got 300 years.
Court heard that Howells had used his position as a nurse to obtain drugs to sedate the abducted children while Vaisey was involved in filming the sexual abuse.
The St. Lawrence County sheriff called the sentencing a culmination of an investigation into unspeakable crimes.
The couple still face sentencing on state kidnapping charges on Jan. 5, 2016.