- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A man convicted in the 2011 beating death of a Minot toddler wants to change his plea.

Anthony Robinson was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the death of 19-month-old Conrad Ayala. The toddler’s mother, Cassondra Ayala, was also convicted in the case and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

The state medical examiner determined that Conrad Ayala died from “blunt head injury in battered child syndrome.” Authorities say the boy was covered “head to foot” with bruises.

KXMC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1ADIQuy) that Robinson says he was not read his rights and was intimidated into pleading guilty. A hearing on his change of plea request is set for January.

Both Robinson and Cassondra Ayala lost appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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