DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Mossy Head man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for the murder of his infant son.
In December 2015, Walton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call at the Raceway in Mossy Head regarding an unresponsive 9-week-old boy, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. The infant was taken to Pensacola where he was later pronounced dead.
The investigation turned criminal after an autopsy report showed significant injuries to the child.
Harold Clifford Bielec, Jr. was charged with the death of his son in June 2016 and was later indicted on first-degree murder charges, the press release said. On April 12, Bielec was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury.
The State Attorney's Office of the First Judicial Circuit, as well as the Sheriff's Office, was seeking a maximum sentence of life in prison. Instead, he was sentenced Monday to 25 years in a state prison and 15 years of probation with special conditions.