Published: Jun 14, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 14, 2013 1:06 PM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A North Fort Myers man who killed his infant daughter last year has taken a plea deal.

Steve Cantrell was originally charged with homicide, aggravated abuse and child neglect after his child, Jada, was found in his home last March, suffering from severe head trauma and skull fractures.

Taking a deal with state prosecutors, the 22-year-old agreed to face the penalty for second-degree murder charges, in exchange for his other charges being dropped.

A judge sentenced him to 34 years behind bars, but Cantrell will get more than a year's credit for time served in the Lee County jail awaiting trial.