DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The father of Takoda Collins was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison Wednesday for the murder of his 10-year-old son in December 2019.
Al-Mutahan McLean was charged with one count of murder by way of felonious assault, rape by force, kidnapping and three counts of child endangerment. He pleaded guilty earlier in September to the one count of manslaughter and the three counts of child endangerment.
Takoda died in December of 2019 of blunt force trauma, asphyxia, and water submersion. Prosecutors said McLean abused Takoda for years.
“From as early as his first-grade year in 2015, Takoda suffered, daily, excessive abuse, inflicted by his biological father,” said Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.
Montgomery County Criminal Division Deputy Chief Lynda Dodd said prosecutors considered the death penalty but it couldn’t be given since evidence couldn’t prove McLean intended to kill Takoda.
“There was no evidence that he intended to kill Takoda that day, he just intended to horrifically torture him that day that led to his death,” said Dodd.
Heck said, “we seriously considered the death penalty and had tried to figure any legal way to get around that, but we couldn’t and so we went to the best way we could.”
Amanda Hinze, McLean’s live-in fiancée, was sentenced to 22-27.5 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and multiple counts of child endangerment. Jennifer Ebert, Hinze’s sister who also lived with her and McLean, was sentenced to 8 years in prison.