A Kentucky man was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for the May 2015 death of his girlfriend’s daughter and disposal of her body into a well.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Anthony Barbour was convicted in December of reckless homicide, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse related to the death of Laynee Mae Wallace, 2 (pictured right).
Barbour (pictured left) originally told investigators the toddler died after she fell off a ridge at his family farm. However, in court, he testified that he had returned from a walk and Kelsey Wallace, the child’s mother, said her daughter died “due to an accident,” according to the Glasgow Daily Times.
Baubour then claimed the pair lied about Laynee’s disappearance and put her body in a well because they used methamphetamine.
Her body was discovered on May 25, 2015, a week after she went missing. The medical examiner announced her cause of death was undetermined.
Barbour was originally charged with murder. A jury recommended that Barbour serves the three sentences concurrently.
Circuit Judge John T. Alexander denied two motions: one from the prosecutors to increase Barbour’s sentence and other from the defense requesting probation.
“I would say in the next 30 to 60 days, he will probably be reviewed for parole,” defense attorney Ken Garrett said. Barbour is already eligible for parole based on time served, WKYT reported.
Barbour is also facing charges for kidnapping of an adult, first-degree burglary, and resisting arrest. He is accused of running from cops for more than a week then breaking into the home of a Temple Hill woman and forcing her to drive somewhere else.
[Feature Photo: Kentucky State Police]