CONVICTED: Man charged in teenage girl’s disappearance reaches plea deal
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 31-year-old Lamar Cone — the man charged in connection with the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl in November of 2013, has reached a plea deal in the case against him.
On Wednesday, May 7th, Cone pleaded “no contest” to a charge of second degree sexual assault of a child — and a charge of false imprisonment.
A charge of kidnapping (using deceit to induce) and child abuse (intentionally causing harm) were dismissed.
The criminal complaint against Cone indicates that on November 25th, he and a female accomplice offered a ride to the 13-year-old girl “as she was walking to the public library” at Locust and MLK Jr. Drive in Milwaukee.
The complaint says, “Once inside (the car), the suspect told (the victim) he had to go downtown first, and took her to an apartment.” The teen was apparently not allowed to leave that apartment without Cone.
The victim told investigators Cone “kept pressuring her to ‘work the streets.’” Cone allegedly “punched her and grabbed her neck causing pain.” The complaint also says Cone forced the victim to take part in inappropriate behavior.
According to the complaint, police acted on an anonymous tip on Sunday, December 1st. That tip indicated a missing female child was seen at a rooming house on E. Juneau Ave. The teen told investigators she heard officers going door-to-door that day, but that Cone told her to be quiet.
The complaint indicates police apparently left, not realizing the girl was hiding under the bedsheets.
On Monday, December 2nd, the complaint says the victim woke up early and “snuck out of the apartment and fled to her father’s house.”
Sentencing for Cone is set for July 18th.
Cone is a registered sex offender.
The female accomplice charged in the case is 24-year-old Ashley Ford.
She has pleaded not guilty — and has a sentencing hearing set for June 26th.