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Lewiston man who hid in tree after rape allegation pleads not guilty

Jon B. Ellington of Lewiston, who spent a night in a tree to hide from police after being accused of rape, pleaded not guilty Monday to an indictment that carries a potential sentence of life in prison if he is convicted.

Jon B. Ellington (Photo courtesy of Lewiston Police)

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III denied bail for Ellington, 44, who was arrested the day after the June 24 incident that allegedly occurred in his Pletcher Road home.

He is charged with predatory sexual assault, rape, strangulation, coercion, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The woman was duct-taped and held for six hours, First Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said at an Aug. 8 court appearance, when Ellington rejected a preindictment plea offer that carried a maximum 25-year sentence.

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