John Walden will spend the next decade in prison for severely beating and biting a 2-year-old girl who bit him on the lip.
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on Wednesday sentenced Walden, earlier convicted in a Queens slaying, to seven years in prison on his plea to felony assault. The judge noted Walden nearly killed the girl.
The judge ordered Walden to serve the sentence after completing four years for parole violation linked to the Queens slaying. A state appellate court overturned his murder conviction after Walden spent eight years in prison, and he subsequently pleaded guilty to assault and was resentenced to four to 12 years in prison.
Jailed again since Nov. 8, Walden, 30, pleaded guilty as charged as his jury trial was about to begin July 1. On Wednesday, he said he regretted making the plea but his request to rescind it was rejected by the judge.
Prosecutor Michael J. Cooper said Walden attacked the girl in the Brunswick Boulevard flat of an ex-girlfriend, on Sept. 11, 1996, a day after he showed up. Walden, who was paroled in May 1996, bit the girl on the shoulder and leg and punched her.