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Veteran sentenced to 32 years after killing girlfriend's 11-month-old

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LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

A Chester County veteran was sentenced to 32 years in prison after authorities say he killed his girlfriend's 11-month old daughter back in September 2013.

Penny Stewart, mother of 11-month-old Madison Stewart, held back tears Monday outside the Lancaster County Courthouse as the man charged with killing her daughter pleaded to guilty to the crime.

Jeffery Bradley will spend the next three decades behind bars for the murder.
 
"They could have given him life and it still wouldn't have been enough for me," Stewart said."
 
According to law enforcement officials, Bradley was watching Madison at a home in Chester County in September, while Penny was at work. That's when he called her saying something was wrong with the baby.

He then called 911. According to the report, he thought Madison had been electrocuted by a phone cord.

Madison was rushed to the hospital where she died.

Days later Jeffery confessed to grabbing Madison's face and slamming the back of her head into the floor.

"She was just so sweet she was such a good baby. I never had any problems out of her," Stewart said. "I don't understand what could trigger what he did."
 
Penny says that Bradley tried to blame his actions on his past experience in the military.

According to attorneys, Bradley has severe Post traumatic Stress disorder.

Stewart says that isn't an excuse.
 
"My life will never be the same and there's nothing that will ever replace my baby, but I am working on getting me together."
 
Stewart moved to Jacksonville, Florida saying she needed a fresh start. She plans to start nursing school in the fall.

Bradley took full responsibility for his actions in court Monday.

His family says he is a decent and loving person and that after two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he came home a different person.

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