A Florida man was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife in 1993 – five years after his now 29-year-old son discovered her skull in the back yard of his family home.
Michael Haim, 52, was convicted of second-degree murder last month. He will live in prison for the rest of his life for the heinous murder of his 23-year-old wife Bonnie Haim, who would have turned 50 on Monday.
His son, Aaron Fraser, helped him get involved in the murder after he moved home in 2014, where he and his brother-in-law found the remains of his mother's body.
Fraser was three years old when his mother disappeared.
After Judge Steven Whittington had given his father his sentence, Fraser said: & I really feel no different than four years ago before I found her. & # 39;
& # 39; I always thought that he had killed her and that justice needed to come, but even today, when the judge said he was going to get a life sentence, it wasn't this great emotional feeling I had, & # 39 ; Fraser said First Coast News.
Michael Haim (pictured on Tuesday), 52, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife in 1993 – five years after his son discovered her skull in the backyard of his family home
Haim (pictured, escorted from the court) was convicted of second-degree murder last month
Haim will live the rest of his life in prison for the horrific murder of his 23-year-old wife Bonnie Haim (pictured with their son on her lap), who would have turned 50 years old on Monday
When he was three, Fraser tried to tell the police that his & # 39; s father hurt mom & # 39; but no one believed him and no physical evidence bound his father to the crime, according to the Florida Times Union.
Even his mother's relatives didn't believe him.
& # 39; A child's credibility is something that you should judge in perspective & # 39; said Robert Pasciuto, Bonnie's father in a 2010 episode of the true crime television series Unsolved Mysteries.
& # 39; He said a few things that we know were not true. & # 39; Mom's car is in the lake. & # 39; We know her car wasn't there. Nobody asked Aaron why you said Mommy's car was at the bottom of the lake, & Pasciuto added.
After Judge Steven Whittington handed his father (right) his sentence, his son Aaron Fraser (left) said: & I really feel no different than four years ago before I found her & # 39;
& # 39; Aaron also said that & # 39; daddy mommy shot & # 39 ;, & # 39; dad put mom in timeout & # 39;, & # 39; and & # 39; my father could not wake her up & # 39 ;, said a sworn statement in 2015.
A used scale in which Bonnie was buried was of the same caliber as a gun owned by Michael, the sworn statement.
Aaron was adopted to another family and changed his last name to Fraser because the disappearance of Bonnie remained unresolved for two decades.
Years later, he won the act at the childhood home in North Jacksonville in an unlawful death sentence against his biological father.
On December 14, 2014, Fraser began working with his brother-in-law to demolish the pool in the backyard of the house and they made the creepy discovery.
Fraser helped his father imply the murder after he moved home (scene pictured) in 2014, where he and his brother-in-law found the remains of his mother's body
Police dropped off the area outside the North Jacksonville home where the remains of Bonnie Haim were found
Investigators would find a casing along with the bones that matched a gun owned by Haim
The excavator they used cracked a piece of concrete and Fraser tried to break it further with a sledgehammer that broke a water pipe.
While Fraser and his brother-in-law were looking at the pipe in the dirt, they came across plastic sheets or a bag. Fraser broke it open with his shovel and reached inside.
He told News 4 Jax that he initially thought that his mother's skull was a & # 39; coconut & # 39; used to be.
According to an arrest confirmation, Haim (photo) had abused his wife and made plans to move their son to an apartment while traveling
& # 39; It looked like a coconut. I had it in my hand. We looked back into the hole and saw teeth, & Fraser told the police.
& # 39; At that time you could see the top of the eye socket. And it was like this part of the head, the top half of the head. I put it back in the hole, & Fraser said.
Bonnie disappeared in January 1993. Her bag was found in a hotel bin and her car was abandoned near the Jacksonville International Airport in Florida.
According to the arrest statement, Haim was offensive to his wife and had made plans to move their son to an apartment while traveling.
She had secretly opened a bank account, and when Haim found out, he closed her. She then started giving money to a trusted friend to take care of her.
The suspect claimed that his wife had left one evening without their son late January 1993 after arguing about their marital problems.
He also said that he went looking for his wife, although he did not inform law enforcement of her disappearance.
Last week Fraser (photo) said that he & # 39; always knew that my mother was buried & # 39 ;. & # 39; I just didn't know where, & # 39; he added
Bonnie (center, with their son, Aaron) disappeared in January 1993. Her bag was found in a hotel bin and her car was abandoned near the Jacksonville International Airport in Florida.
At the moment, Haim (left) told police that his five-year-old wife left the house after a fight over their marriage. He was arrested in 2015 after the authorities confirmed that a skull found by their son, Aaron (right, at the age of three), belonged to Bonnie (right)
Law enforcement was not told about the disappearance until a maintenance worker found her bag and called the police.
Haim, who had since moved to North Carolina, was arrested in 2015 after the authorities confirmed that the skull was from Bonnie.
DNA tests confirmed that the remains were from Bonnie and a medical investigator concluded that she died of a murder & # 39; in an unspecified manner & # 39; according to the sworn statement.
Haim was initially named a suspect in the case, but he was never charged.
& # 39; Michael Haim was the last known person to have contact with the victim & # 39 ;, said the arrest statement.
It added, "The suspect acknowledges that he and the victim were arguing about marital problems and that she intended to leave and take their child."
At the time of the crime, nobody believed Fraser (pictured with his mother) and no physical evidence bound his father to the crime
Haim (depicted with Fraser) had claimed that he was not involved in the death of his wife. During his trial he even testified: & # 39; I love my wife and I would never hurt my wife & # 39;
Haim had claimed that he was not involved in the death of his wife.
During his trial, he even testified: & # 39; I love my wife and I would never hurt my wife. & # 39;
After the sentence on Tuesday, Bonnie & # 39; s sister, Liz Peak Action news Jax: & # 39; For 26 years we wanted justice. And now we have it. We have a right. But we don't have Bonnie. & # 39;
Last week Fraser told the station that he & # 39; always knew that my mother was buried & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I just didn't know where, & # 39; he added.
Convicting guidelines for second-degree murder in 1993 suggested seven to 22 years in prison.
Bonnie's family had asked the judge to give Haim at least 26 years for the time she was away while he remained free.
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