Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:00 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA - Christopher Gleed of Helena will spend time in prison for placing his three-year old son in scalding hot bath water, causing extensive burns he'll have to deal with the rest of his life.
Gleed was convicted by a jury last month on felony aggravated assault charges in the case.
After spending more than an hour and a half in pre-sentence discussions, Judge Jeffrey Sherlock gave Gleed a 20 year- sentence to the Department of Corrections.
Judge Sherlock said in his 24 years of service, this was the worst case of child abuse he had seen without the death of a child.
The judge denied Gleed's request to be let out on his own recognizance prior to being placed in prison.
Gleed was then led out of the courtroom to the jail.
Family members and friends of Chris Gleed were shocked by the sentence, calling it unfair.
Prosecuting attorney Leo Gallagher was pleased with the decision, and said that he believes the sentence was justified due to the extent of the boy's injuries.
Gleed was watching his son while the boy's mother was away at college in May 2012 when the incident occurred.
He could be eligible for parole in five years.