Jon B. Ellington, 46, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for kidnapping and holding a woman against her will for seven hours in his Pletcher Road home in Lewiston.
Prosecutors say that on June 24, 2017, Ellington duct-taped the woman, beat her repeatedly, threatened her with a knife and raped her before she was able to calm him down and escape. He was arrested the same day and charged with rape, assault, strangulation, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon.
Ellington pleaded guilty April 16, 2018 to second-degree kidnapping, but later sought to withdraw his plea. In May of this year, Ellington reversed course again and agreed to move ahead on the kidnapping conviction, which carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence and a 25-year maximum.
Assistant District Attorney Lisa Baehre called Ellington's crime a "premeditated, brutal attack," and asked Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to impose the maximum sentence.
"She fought for her life," Baehre said of the victim.
"Had she not escaped from the wrath of this defendant, she would not be here today," she added.
Defense attorney Robert Singer denied Ellington's offense was premeditated, saying he was distressed, high on cocaine and suffering mental health issues prior to the crime. He said a five-year sentence was more appropriate, as Ellington had not shown a history of domestic violence.
Murphy also required Ellington to undergo five years of post-release supervision and issued an order of protection for the victim.