Term is 40 years in girl's death


June 17, 2008|By MELISSA HARRIS

A 27-year-old Silver Spring man convicted in the death of a 3-year-old girl was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison, the maximum for involuntary manslaughter and child abuse resulting in death.

Erik Stoddard's first two convictions in the case were overturned by an appeals court and a Baltimore Circuit judge. In May, a Baltimore jury convicted Stoddard, formerly of the 2500 block of Moore Ave. in Baltimore, for the third time.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Kaye Allison sentenced Stoddard to 10 years on the manslaughter charge and 30 years on the child abuse charge.

Calen Faith Dirubbo, the daughter of Stoddard's girlfriend, died in June 2002 after multiple beatings.

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