Cumberland man guilty of maiming boy
Todd Louis Lanford was sentenced to 33 to 44 years in prison.Posted — Updated
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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