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Columbia man receives 120-year prison sentence in October carjackings, kidnappings

A Columbia man was sentenced to 120 years in prison Monday following his conviction of multiple carjackings and kidnappings in Columbia last October.

Retired Howard County Circuit Court Judge Raymond J. Kane sentenced Ledell Maxwell Padmore, 39, to four consecutive 30-year terms. Howard County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Wayne Kirwan said Padmore's district public defender, Alfred Guillaume III, advised that they will appeal the ruling.

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Guillaume could not be immediately reached for comment.

After a four-day trial in July, Kirwan said, Padmore was convicted on 32 counts related to armed carjackings as well as an attempted armed carjacking between Oct. 6 and 11, with testimony heard from the victims, two men and two women.

During Monday's sentencing, Deputy State's Attorney Kim Oldham read letters from two victims describing the ordeal, Kirwan said, and later stated that Padmore was "a major risk to public safety." Although Padmore declined to speak, Guillaume stated that the state's concerns could also be met with half of the recommended sentence.

The sentencing follows that of Padmore's co-defendant, Taylor James Pugh, who pleaded guilty in June to two of the carjackings and kidnappings. Pugh, 25, was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

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