Eddie Upshaw, guilty of killing his 15-month-old niece, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Upshaw, 37, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without chance of parole for the Feb. 18, 2006, stabbing of Cindy Lloyd.
Upshaw said nothing during his sentencing, which came a little more than a month after he pleaded guilty to the crime knowing what his sentence would be. His attorney, Richard Chancey, asked Russell County Circuit Judge George Greene to order his client receive mental health treatment while incarcerated. Greene complied, saying if Upshaw is determined to require the treatment, he would receive it.
Upshaw told the judge at his plea hearing that he didn't remember the day he stabbed his niece 20 times. One of his teeth had hurt that Saturday, and Chancey had said his client took his anger over not being able to visit a dentist out on his relative.
"I think Eddie Upshaw is very dangerous," Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau said. "I think there is a high possibility of him committing future crimes if he didn't get life without parole."