The Next Steps for Plumadore

By Max Resnik

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It has been nearly one week since Michael Plumadore admitted to killing 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon before Christmas last year. Now, he awaits trial and the location where he will spend the rest of his life.

As part of the plea agreement with Allen County Prosecutors, in which Plumadore pleaded guilty to five separate counts, he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. That plea is expected to be accepted on June 18 when he is in court for sentencing.

From there, Plumadore will be transferred to RDC or the Reception and Diagnostic Center in Plainfield, Ind., according to Doug Garrison with the Indiana Department of Correction. During a two week stay at RDC, Plumadore will undergo an array of exams including educational, emotional, medical and mental exams. Those tests will define his criminogenic profile and will serve to determine which facility he will be committed to and where he will stay within that location.

Jeff Kyle, jail commander at the Huntington County Jail, says child killers and child molesters are often placed in protective custody cells, commonly referred to as isolation. He says they are placed there as a precaution because other inmates view child killers and child molesters as the lowest kind of criminal.

“If we put them in general population, no matter if he did it 20 years ago and you're in here on a DUI now, you're marked as a child molester, you're marked as a child killer. They're the lowest people on the totem pole as far as the inmates are concerned. We have to keep them separate.”

Kyle says inmates who have committed crimes against children add a different sort of pressure to the entire jail. He says that while correctional officers need to pay particular attention to those kinds of inmates and work harder to protect them, other inmates are ready to pounce.

“When we have to move them out of that block, the other blocks know it and start chastising them, hostilities can run high. If it's a high profile case, it adds more pressure to keep that person safe and sound in here because it's abuzz in here if that ever happens.”

Plumadore will end up in one of four maximum security facilities in Indiana, according to Garrison. He says Plumadore could spend the rest of his life in the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City, Miami Correctional Facility, Pendleton Correctional Facility or Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

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