Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey are facing kidnapping charges after investigators say they abducted two Amish girls from a vegetable stand outside of their home in Oswegatchie.
Saint Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain is now building a case with state charges, but with new developments that could all change.
"This pair is definitely looking at a life sentence between the charges that they have now, the charges that they are probably going to be charged with in the future, and there are potential for federal charges," Rain said. "We're going to see what the evidence has to show and then the federal officials will make up their mind on that."
Over the weekend, detectives combed through the couples' property in Hermon gathering evidence. They are now processing the evidence, hoping it sheds more light on why Vaisey and Howells allegedly abducted the girls.
In this case, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells says the couple used different coercion methods to lure the Amish girls, but couldn't give any details on the tactics that were used.
Rain says extensive interviews with the couple reveal they carefully plotted to kidnap the girls from their families roadside stand.
"The interview was extensive. The defendants were cooperative. I can tell you that based on their interview and the interview with the two victims, we were able to make this arrest and will have additional charges because of the two interviews and the victims' interviews," Rain said.
In an interview with the Watertown Times, the victims' family says they are grateful the girls are back home, life certainly has not returned to normal, and talking about the ordeal just makes it scarier.
Sheriff Wells credits the victims, saying they were the reason the two alleged abductors are behind bars.
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