A 7-year-old kid found dead and in concrete in one of Denver’s warehouses. The father now pleaded guilty and will avoid a trial on the charges of first-degree murder. He agreed to a plea deal of lesser charges to kick start the trial. Prosecutors somewhat happy because the cause of death is still not discovered. Going into a first-degree murder charge would have been a significant risk.
Guilty On Counts Of Child Abuse And Tampering With The Deceased
Denver has the life imprisonment sentence for first-degree murder and with no parole. 40-year-old Leland Pankey pleaded guilty on Thursday to child abuse resulting in the death of Caden McWilliam’s. According to new court documents, he has asked guilty to tampering with a deceased human body in exchange for the first-degree murder charges dropped.
While he would have gone for life, now it will be somewhere between 17 and 72 years in prison. On February 28, he will be sentenced to see what term he would serve.
The Disappearance Of The Kid
Investigators first started looking in the family on December 17, 2018. Elisha Pankey, the victim’s mother, reported domestic violence by her husband. When police arrived, they noticed Caden was missing.
Leland was an angry man who just didn’t beat his wife, but also his son. Elisha later told the police about it.
She said they found Caden dead in a dog kennel in July 2018. The place Leland used to punish the kid and used to make him sleep there. Police went on to find the body, but it was encased in the concrete of dog kennel. The couple hid the body. That’s why the real cause of Caden’s death is still not known.
The Maximum Sentence For The Devil
Leland’s wife, Elisha Pankey, already pleaded guilty in August. She is guilty of a single count of child abuse resulting in the death of the kid. She doesn’t have a bright future for now.
The prosecutors said they are striving hard to get the maximum sentence for Leland.
The Cause Not Known, But, Ruled It As A Homicide
The coroner’s report couldn’t rule out the exact cause but ruled it as a homicide. The boy weighed only 27 pounds when he was found, and traces of meth and cocaine were found in his liver. Caden also had a fractured skull and a broken arm. Prosecutors just agreed to give Leland a deal because they want him to rot in jail. They said this is one of the most horrific cases ever handled by Denver’s DA Office. If they had gone forward with first-degree murder, they wouldn’t have been able to send him to jail because the cause of death is unknown.