FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A Tarrant County jury has sentenced Charles Bellamy to 55 years in prison for the scalding death of his 2-year-old daughter.
Bellamy was sentenced just hours after being found guilty of murdering Jaz’mine Howard.
There was no visible sign on Charles Bellamy’s face when the jury verdict was read.
Bellamy had already admitted responsibility for the 2011 scalding but his attorneys had argued for a lesser verdict of criminally negligent homicide.
He says he dipped the girl in scalding water, and instead of calling for help, he put the dead girl in the trunk of his car.
Bellamy claimed it was an accident and he was drunk at the time.
The jury sided with prosecutors, who had argued that Bellamy serve at least half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Jaz’mine’s 21-year-old mother Joy Howard previously testified that she had never seen Bellamy mistreat any of his other eight children.
Howard said that once Bellamy had appeared upset when Jaz’mine had a potty-training mishap.
Howard made a victim’s impact statement telling Bellamy he had inflicted severe pain and shattered he life but she would no longer be afraid of him or would he hurt her family ever again.
Bellamy was also fined 5,000 dollars in the death.
With a 55-year sentence he will get credit for time served and could be considered for parole in slightly more than 25-years.
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