A Colorado man was sentenced to 72 years in jail on Friday for his function within the demise of his 7-year-old son who was discovered encased in concrete in a storage unit in December 2018.
Leland Pankey, 40, was handed out the utmost sentence attainable after prosecutors had been compelled to drop a homicide cost when authorities had been unable to find out the reason for demise for younger Caden McWilliams who died someday in July 2018.
Pankey pleaded responsible in January to baby abuse leading to demise and tampering with a deceased physique after police discovered Caden’s physique in December 2018 whereas investigating allegations of home violence leveled towards him by his spouse, Elisha Pankey.
Court docket paperwork revealed that she allegedly instructed investigators that her husband stored their son in a canine kennel “just a few days” earlier than he died in July at a lodge the place the household had been residing.
An post-mortem discovered indicators that the boy was severely emaciated and proof of accidents to his head, chest and limbs. A number of the accidents confirmed indicators of therapeutic, however authorities weren’t in a position to decide how he died.
Elisha Pankey beforehand pleaded responsible to baby abuse leading to demise below a plea deal that required her cooperation with prosecutors. She faces between 16 and 32 years in jail when she is sentenced in April.
Authorities haven’t defined why the boy’s final identify differed from his mother and father.
The Related Press contributed to this report.