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Cumberland man guilty of maiming boy

Posted August 5, 2011

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— A Cumberland County man was convicted Friday of maiming a boy nearly three years ago.

Todd Louis Lanford, 37, of 6614 Clinton Road, was sentenced to 33 to 44 years in prison.

Lanford was arrested in November 2008 after investigators determined that an 11-year-old Stedman boy had been punched, kicked and choked. The boy also suffered a 3-inch cut along his genitals and bruises to his groin and pelvic area, but he wasn't sexually assaulted, authorities said.

He walked out of plea negotiations in January, prompting a manhunt by U.S. marshals and other law enforcement officers. He was located a day later in a Clinton motel and proclaimed his innocence as he was led back to jail.

"I did what I had to do, because the whole time I heard, 'Take a plea. Take a plea. We know you didn't do it, but take a plea.' I will not take a plea for something I did not do," he said at the time, adding that he didn't expect to get a fair trial.

The boy's mother, Tonia Michelle Powers, 38, who was Lanford's girlfriend at the time, was charged with aiding and abetting a felony and accessory after the fact in the case. Her charges are still pending.

The boy lives with other relatives.

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  • lalaloo Aug 5, 2011

    yep the justice system will do as they have done in the past just slap him on the wrist and send him out on the streets to harm more children. our justice system needs a major overhaul.jrfergerson

    He got 33-44 years in prison, I'd say that was a bit more than a slap on the wrist.

  • jrfergerson Aug 5, 2011

    yep the justice system will do as they have done in the past just slap him on the wrist and send him out on the streets to harm more children. our justice system needs a major overhaul.

  • Glass Half Full Aug 5, 2011

    Hopefully this one will be too old to do any more harm when he's released from prison. I hope the mother's sentence is longer. That is her child, her's to protect, and she not only failed, she helped some boyfriend injure her child. No excuse.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 5, 2011

    So one of them did it, which one? I guess the court agree he did.

  • geosol Aug 5, 2011

    Hope this kid gets all the help he needs to make a good life for himself. Hope the people who did this and allowed it to happen get exactly what they deserve.