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LANSING, N.Y. —  A man pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to beating a woman with a toilet tank so severely that he broke her knee and left her with bruises covering her body.

Larry R. Walrad, 45, was convicted of second-degree assault as part of a plea deal to cap his prison term at three to five years with five years of post-release supervision. He cold have faced seven years in prison if found guilty without the plea.

Among other conditions of the plea were orders of protection for the victim and her children.

Walrad admitted in court to striking a woman with two separate objects on Aug. 24 in the 30 block of Mill Street in the town of Lansing. Court records showed that the objects were a stick, and a toilet tank cover that he struck the victim with until it broke.

“The injuries were substantial and obvious to everyone,” Judge John Rowley said.

Assistant District Attorney Wendy Franklin added that the victim was so terrified of seeking medical treatment, that she quickly checked herself out of a hospital against the suggestion of medical professionals.

“It’s a violent situation. It’s a disturbing situation,” Rowley said. But he added that Walrad has accepted responsibility for his actions.

He agreed to cap Walrad’s sentence to a maximum of five years.

Walrad is due back in court for sentencing on Dec. 22.


Previously reported

LANSING, N.Y. — A man who is accused of beating a woman with a toilet tank cover appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Larry R. Walrad, 45, is charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Larry R. Walrad

A possible plea deal discussed indicated that if Walrad pleads guilty to the assault charge, he would get five years in prison, five years of post-release supervision and would be required to stay away from the victim per an order of protection.

The possible plea was not officially agreed upon Thursday and Walrad — who has not formally accepted a deal — is due back in court later this month.

Court documents provided the following narrative about the allegations against Walrad (While this narrative has been edited, some readers may find the accusations graphic.):

On Aug. 24 in the 30 block of Mill Street in the town of Lansing, Walrad got into an argument with a woman.

The woman alleged in a supporting deposition that Walrad was high on drugs at the time of their disagreement which happened because she did not immediately sit down with him to have a conversation.

Instead, she went to take a shower in the bathroom. That’s when she said Walrad attacked her.

He hit her repeatedly with a wooden stick or rod and she crawled away from him into the bathtub. Once there, she said Walrad picked up the toilet tank cover and beat her with it all over her body until it broke.

She then alleges that he took her to the city of Niagara Falls to “hide” her at a relative’s house, who confronted Walrad with the abuse.

At this point, the victim said she had to walk with a limp and her head was shaved to treat open wounds on her scalp.

Online documents show that Walrad was taken into custody on Aug. 30.

An official at the Tompkins County Jail said Walrad is in custody as of Friday night on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond.

For assistance with domestic abuse issues, visit The Advocacy Center website or call their 24-hour hotline at 607-277-5000.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.