Clifford Coles, 55, plead no contest to the murder of his grandson Thursday afternoon.
In 2009, Coles was indicted for the capital murder of 11-month-old Shawn Smith.
Smith died on March 5, 2009 just days before his first birthday. At first, police ruled the death accidental, but doctors in the emergency room at University Medical Center found that the baby's injuries did not match the story that was told. His death was ruled a homicide and according to the Medical Examiner's Office the cause of death was blunt force injuries.
Police records also list Coles as a suspect in the 1986 murder of an 11-month-old named Tro Williams. Coles was never arrested in regards to that case.
A plea of no contest to murder of a child under 6 is a 1st degree felony. Coles will serve 30 years in prison and won't be eligible for parole until he serves 15.
"We've had many conversations with the victim's family in this case and in conjunction with those conversations and their wishes, combined with the defendant's age, we felt like the 30-year sentence on the murder was an appropriate sentence in this case," said Deputy District Attorney Sunshine Stanek.
"We really don't expect that based on his age and the nature of the case that he will ever walk out of a prison," she said.
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