A local businessman who was arrested and accused of beating his wife last month has been indicted on a handful of felony charges.
Robert A. Elmy, 63, faces four felonies, including two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, and coercion.
Elmy, who owns Champlain Harbor Marina and RV Park, is accused of beating his wife, Patricia Elmy, to the point of unconsciousness on the morning of Oct. 10 before driving her toGlens FallsHospital.
Her injuries forced her to be flown toAlbanyMedicalCenterfor advanced treatment and doctors had to place her in an induced coma.
She has since been released from the hospital and is living in Whitehall.
After talking to New York State Police in Queensbury the day of the alleged attack, Elmy was transported to the Whitehall Police Department where he was arrested and charged with second degree assault.
AWashingtonCountygrand jury added the additional assault charge accusing him of “intentionally causing the victim to suffer a stupor, unconsciousness or other physical impairment by administering to her without her consent, drugs and alcohol.”
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright said the victim has accused Robert Elmy of placing Valium in her drinks in the hours leading up to the attack.
He is also accused of compelling his wife to engage in conduct which she had the legal right to abstain from by instilling in her the fear that she would be harmed if the demands were not meant.
The unlawful imprisonment charge alleges Elmy of holding the victim against her will.
It took the district attorney’s office several weeks after the time of the attack to deliver an indictment because the victim was still recovering from the injuries she sustained during the attack.
The victim’s recovery has been complicated by a head injury she suffered from a fall several years ago.
Although she has been released from the hospital, Kortright said is still feeling the impact of the injuries and remains to be seen if she’ll fully recover.
Elmy was sent to Washington County Jail but was later released as officials waited for the victim to recover from her initial injuries.
A full order of protection was issued against Elmy barring him from any contact with the victim.
He will be arraigned in Washington County Court later this month. An exact date has not yet been scheduled.
Elmy could face up to seven years in prison if he’s convicted on the assault charges with additional time for the other charges.