Jon B. Ellington, who reportedly hid in a tree after he was accused of raping a woman in his Lewiston home June 24, rejected a plea offer Tuesday, risking a life sentence after an indictment.
Ellington, 44, of Pletcher Road, could be indicted this week for predatory sexual assault, prosecutor Holly E. Sloma said when she made the plea offer in Niagara County Court Monday.
That charge carries a potential life sentence. The rejected plea to kidnapping and strangulation carried a 25-year maximum.
Sloma said in court that after the woman escaped, Ellington climbed a tree and later told Lewiston police that he saw a bloodhound sniffing under it.
According to Sloma, Ellington told police, "Next time you're looking for someone with a dog, look up."