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Couple Pleads Not Guilty To Kidnapping, Torturing Man's Estranged Wife For Days

Justin J. Wilson and Nicole K. Elmore face life behind bars if convicted in the alleged kidnapping and torture of Wilson's estranged wife, which occurred over a period of six days in January.

By Gina Tron
Police handouts of Nicole Elmore and Justin Wilson

An upstate New York couple has been arraigned on allegations that they tortured and disfigured the man’s wife.

Justin J. Wilson, 31, and Nicole K. Elmore, 35, both pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to kidnapping, assault and sexual abuse charges in State Supreme Court in Fulton County — about 40 miles northwest of Albany — the Daily Gazette reports.

Both were indicted there on first-degree kidnapping felony charges, which alone could mean a potential maximum sentence of life in prison with no parole. Furthermore, the couple were also charged with first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated sexual abuse. 

The pair has also been charged in Montgomery County for the same case. Elmore and Wilson face first-degree attempted murder, aggravated sexual abuse, assault and unlawful imprisonment in the neighboring county, and Wilson additionally faces a conspiracy charge there, the Daily Gazette reported in March.

The couple is accused of kidnaping Wilson’s estranged wife at gunpoint from her home in Gloversville on New Year’s Eve and then holding her captive for six days at Elmore’s trailer in Perth, a town of less than 4,000 people in the southeast portion of the mostly-rural county. During that time, they allegedly tortured the victim by burning her, sodomizing her with a baseball bat and cutting off her pinkie finger, the Albany Times Union reported previously.

They then drove south, to the Knights Inn in Amsterdam — located in Montgomery County — where the two allegedly beat her with a charging cable wrapped around a wrench, sexually assaulted her, attempted to drown her and forced to put her head in a toilet full of urine.

The victim, who was reportedly 37 years-old  at the time, escaped after Wilson put her in a vehicle and drove back to Gloversville. She then ran to the nearby home of a relative.

“He beat me, burned me, cut off my finger, sodomized me and I thought I was going to die," she told police, according to court records obtained by Law & Crime.

A joint trial for the pair is expected to begin in January of 2023.