Gorecki pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide when previous injuries discovered in the infant did not fully support a homicide charge, said prosecutor Scott Garrett.
During the proceedings, Garrett recounted how the 2-month-old infant's grandmother discovered the child frothing and bleeding from the nose after returning from an errand having left Gorecki as the only adult with the child.
Garrett brought up doctors' reports that the infant died from injuries that correlated with "shaken baby syndrome," including massive hemorrhaging from the face and eyes. Garrett also worked to characterize Gorecki as a "danger to the community."
"This is a man who is not going anywhere in life and is not capable of contributing to society,"
Garrett said, recounting times when Gorecki failed parole from sex-related charges and a time when he was homeless.
Garrett also pointed out the Gorecki's wife, Jessica Gorecki, had not cooperated with the process and refused to attend any of the court dates and that the infant's grandmother was currently caring for the child's surviving twin.
Gorecki's attorney, Jack Burns, said his client's guilty plea was made as admittance that he accidentally dropped the infant and not from shaking the child.
"This was a tragic accident where (Gorecki) lost his son," said Burns. "(Gorecki) is a victim in this case as well."
Burns also pointed out that Jessica Gorecki has supported her husband and has never believed that he meant to hurt the child.
When Judge Michael Westfall allowed Gorecki to speak, the defendant apologized for what he characterized as the accidental death of the child.
"I'm sorry for all that happened," Gorecki said. "Despite how everyone looks at me, I want everyone to know that it was an accident."
Adult Probation and Parole conducted a pre-sentence investigation and recommended the prison sentence of up to 15 years.
Westfall sentenced Gorecki to the maximum sentence without probation, saying it wasn't the nature of the charges but Gorecki's experience with probation that would keep him in prison.
"I don't like sending young people like you to prison," Westfall told Gorecki. "But the matter is that you simply are not a candidate for parole."