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Columbia Man Sentenced to 120 Years in Prison for Series of Armed Carjackings

September 19, 2016

The Columbia man, convicted of armed carjackings and kidnappings that occurred last fall in Columbia, has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.  Ledell Maxwell Padmore, of the 12000 block of Green Meadow Dr., was sentenced to four, consecutive, 30-year terms by retired Howard County Circuit Court Judge Raymond J. Kane.

Padmore, 39, was convicted, by a Howard County jury, on 32 counts in four separate instances of armed carjacking and an attempted armed carjacking at the conclusion of a four-day trial last July.  Two men and two women, who were victims of the crime spree between October 6-11, 2015, gave first-hand accounts of their ordeal during trial testimony.

At this morning’s sentencing hearing Deputy State’s Attorney Kim Oldham read letters from two of the victims who wrote about the terror of their kidnappings and the aftereffects.  Oldham told the court that Padmore was “callous, selfish,” possessed “a terrible criminal history” and posed “a major risk to public safety.”

Padmore declined to address the court but his defense attorney argued that the State’s goals could be met with a prison sentence half-as-long as the State’s recommendation.    He also indicated that Padmore will appeal his conviction.

In June, Padmore’s co-defendant, Taylor James Pugh, pleaded guilty to two of the carjackings/kidnappings and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.  Pugh, 25, resided in the same apartment building as Padmore.