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Gig Harbor man pleads guilty to killing infant daughter

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm with 7 Comments »
January 31, 2011 3:51 pm

A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty this afternoon to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his 3-week-old daughter.

Bonifacio V. Velarde, a Gig Harbor resident, faces a recommended term of 11 years, four months in prison when sentenced Feb. 28, Pierce County deputy prosecutor Lori Kooiman said.

Velarde also pleaded guilty to three counts of witness tampering.

He originally was charged with second-degree murder in the May 21, 2009, death of his daughter, Ava.

Medical examiners said the girl died of “cranial cerebral trauma” most likely caused by having her head squeezed or hit with something blunt, according to court records.

Velarde, who has two other children, admitted to investigators that the girl’s injuries occurred “on my watch.”

He also admitted trying on three separate occasions to convince a witness in the case to testify falsely, court records state.

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  1. The plea bargain fiasco has reared has reared its ugly head again! With the inevitable time off for so called good behavior,you can expect him to be out in,maybe at the most,maybe 5 years.WHY are childrens lives in Washington state deemed to be so worthless? Looking at what happened,where did the charge of 2nd degree murder go to? Was it easier for the prosecutor to chalk up another conviction for his record?Just curious.

  2. Porcupine says:

    If only he would be remorseful this would feel complete! He has expressed no remorse on behalf of sweet Ava’s suffering, nor aknowledged his abusive treatment of his middle child and the pshycological trauma he has caused his oldest child and thier mother. His words and actions have been consistently demoralizing of the mother and unconcerned about his 2 remaining children and what is best for them! This is not a rant, but observations of someone closely involved with the remaining children and thier safety, immediately following this horrific murder!

  3. Goes to show it’s not the ‘released sex offenders’ that they regularly dump in pierce cty (who have the lowest recitivism rate of all criminals), that you have to worry about abusing your children – in most cases it’s your own family members.

    And many of you reading this know what I’m talking about.

  4. DevilDog2019 says:

    Sad to report that this state only cares about making money off the children, not wanting to protect them.

  5. cln42da87 says:

    11 years on first degree murder of a child? what the heck! this is called getting away with murder..3 weeks old…my heart goes out to that babies soul…shame on the justice system again….and people wonder why our society is in the shape it has become…

  6. princessnancy says:

    Eleven years for killing his own child…you have got to be kidding! I hope he never makes it out of prison and rots in hell!

    My prayers to the mother of this beautiful child.

  7. annadee says:

    A lifetime in prison is not even acceptable for violently taking the life of a child; Save the world from one more evil monsterous excuse of a human and end his. How much $ are we obligated to pay to support him now while he eats and sleeps and breathes?

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