There will be no trial for the man who was alleged to have killed and dismembered a 9-year-old girl just before Christmas.
Michael L. Plumadore pleaded guilty Friday and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Aliahna Lemmon, according to a plea agreement negotiated between the Allen County Prosecutor's Office and Plumadore's legal counsel.
Plumadore, who was a family friend baby-sitting Lemmon and her sisters, was charged with murder, as well as abuse of a corpse and removing a body from the scene of a suspicious death, all felonies. He was also deemed a habitual offender based on two prior convictions, one for a theft in Florida more than a decade ago and a forgery conviction in Allen County from 2007.
Allen Superior Court Judge John F. Surbeck Jr. set a sentencing date of June 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Plumadore had allegedly told police that on the night of Dec. 22, he killed Lemmon on the front step of his mobile home by hitting her on the head repeatedly with a brick, according to court documents.
He affirmed that in court Friday and stated for the record that he used a hacksaw to dismember the girl before storing parts of her in a freezer and disposing of other parts in a trash dumpster at a gas station near his trailer in the 9400 block of North Clinton Street, near Diebold Road.
Left unsaid: The motive behind the 9-year-old's death, and the circumstances that led to it. Plumadore only admitted to the facts of the case as they pertained to the charges filed against him. Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards declined comment after the conclusion of Friday's hearing, which means it is possible that insight - if it has even been shared by Plumadore - may never be known. It was said in court, however, that had Plumadore opted to go to trial instead of accepting the plea agreement, the prosecutor's office would have sought the death penalty.
Plumadore, according to previous interviews of people who lived in the trailer park where the girl was killed, had worked for Aliahna's grandfather, Jimmy Lemmon, a registered sex offender who had emphysema and also lived in the mobile home park. Plumadore took care of him and in return lived in the trailer.
Jimmy Lemmon died Dec. 3, and Plumadore continued to live in his home. Plumadore had been looking after Aliahna, and her sister and stepsister, both 6 years old at the time, because Souders was ill with the flu.
Lemmon was reported missing around 8:45 p.m. Dec. 23, prompting a massive search by numerous law enforcement agencies. Plumadore, after being questioned multiple times, reportedly confessed to killing the girl on Dec. 26, telling investigators where Lemmon's remains could be found.