Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - A father was sentenced to several years in prison for murdering his own child. Tonight, the Walton County man is behind bars, where he will stay for a long time.
On Monday Harold Clifford Bielec, Jr. stood before a judge to hear his sentence.
Harold Clifford Bielec, Jr., accused of murdering his infant son, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison with 15 years of probation with special conditions.
Back in 2015, Bielec was taking care of his son alone for the first time, when something went terribly wrong. Doctors say, 9-week-old Remington Bielec died because of head and neck trauma, which the State Attorney's Office says, his father was responsible for.
Earlier this year, Bielec stood before a judge and a jury to plead his case. During the trial, the jury heard testimonies from investigators, first responders and family.
"For us, this Bielec Trial was a tough one. There is nothing more...hard and um (long pause) and really sad in law enforcement than a child death," shared Corey Dobridnia, Walton County Sheriff's Office, Public Information Officer.
The jury found the defendant guilty of second degree murder, which was a lesser offense than he was originally charged with.
"He killed a child and needs to be in jail for it. So, again, watching it come full circle in making the arrest and now seeing that sentencing come to fruition," said Dobridnia.
Monday was the day, many investigators and family members had waited for. Appearing once more before a judge, Bielec was given his sentencing to 25 years in prison.
"In these cases, we couldn't have asked for a better outcome," shared Dobridnia.
The Walton County Sheriff's office says this is a success in their books getting a criminal behind bars and justice for the victim and the family.
The Department of Corrections will now determine where Bielec serves his sentence.
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