Fulton County kidnapping suspect Wilson admits to Montgomery County charges, DA says; Elmore pleads not guilty

The Amsterdam Knights Inn, the scene of some of the Montgomery County allegations, in January. (File); Justin Wilson, left, and Nicole Elmore, right. (Credit: Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.)

FONDA – The Gloversville man facing kidnapping, assault and sexual abuse-related charges in both Fulton and Montgomery counties pleaded guilty this week in the Montgomery County case, Montgomery County District Attorney Lorraine Diamond said Friday.

Justin Wilson, 31, of Gloversville, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to second-degree attempted murder and first-degree aggravated sexual abuse, felonies.

In return for his pleas, he is to receive 23 years in prison at his sentencing later, Diamond said.

His Fulton County charges, including first-degree kidnapping, remain pending.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s co-defendant in both counties, Nicole Elmore, 35, of Gloversville, was indicted in Montgomery County on charges of first-degree attempted murder in the course of a kidnapping and in the course of aggravated sexual abuse and another count of first-degree attempted murder. 

She also faces three counts of first-degree assault, second-degree conspiracy and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Elmore was arraigned on her Montgomery County charges and pleaded not guilty. She was ordered held without bail.

Both Wilson and Elmore were arraigned in Fulton County earlier this month on charges that include first-degree kidnapping. If convicted of that charge, they would face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The two are accused of kidnapping Wilson’s estranged wife on Dec. 31, 2021 and torturing her over six days inside a trailer on Fulton County Highway 107 and at a motel in Montgomery County. The two are accused of cutting off the victim’s finger and sexually abusing her with a baseball bat, along with a list of other abuses, according to court documents.

On the sixth day of the alleged abuse the victim escaped after Wilson stopped his car at a house on Eagle Street in Gloversville.

Related to the Montgomery County guilty plea for Wilson, Diamond indicated she agreed to the plea deal to spare the victim from testifying in accordance with her wishes.

“This is essentially a lifetime of incarceration and supervision, which is more than warranted under the circumstances,” Diamond said in a statement. “I can’t imagine how she will ever recover from this horrific event.”

Wilson is to be 63-years-old at the completion of his Montgomery County sentence, Diamond noted.

Diamond praised the state police agencies and the Gloversville Police Department for their work “around the clock” on the case. 

By Steven Cook

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