Harris Sentenced to Life without Parole

Casey Mills
December 6, 2016

A judge has sentenced suburban Atlanta father Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died in 2014 after Harris left him in a hot auto for seven hours while he went to work.

The man's sentencing comes after last month of being found guilty of malice murder in the the death of his then 22 month old son, Cooper on June 18, 2014.

Jurors found Harris guilty of malice murder, which means they believed not only that he should be held criminally responsible for his son's death, but that he left the young boy to die on goal. As a result, the case moved to Brunswick, Georgia and jury selection began anew in September, with the trial starting in October. Four of them will serve as alternate jurors, who will have a final say in the trial only if one more of the 12 main jurors are dismissed. She added an extra 32 years to Harris' sentence - the maximum allowed by law based on the charges against him.

"The state's recommendation is the very least that can be considered just under the circumstances of this case", Staley Clark told the court. Instead of dropping Cooper off at day care, Harris left him in the auto all day, testimony revealed.

A man from Georgia convicted of murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV received a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

Lead defense attorney Maddox Kilgore had told jurors that while Harris did engage in "immoral sexual behavior", he had been attempting to turn his life around.

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Before Harris was taken back to jail, Staley had a message for him.

Panitch she believes that if the Cobb County District Attorney's Office had chose to seek the death penalty, Harris very well might have gotten it. "The judge said it was horrendous", Panitch said.

Reynolds said he had gotten a number of experienced lawyers not connected with the case to review it before he made his decision, with them unanimously saying it was appropriate to seek life without parole. "I can not and will not elaborate at this juncture of the case", Reynolds said in a statement. She noted that during Harris' conversation with police after his son's death, he expressed a desire to become an advocate to prevent similar occurrences from taking place in the future.

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Reynolds said he hopes this will send a message to parents.

Experts said given the right circumstances, even a good parent might forget a child in a vehicle, especially since child auto seats were shifted to the back following the advent of air bags.

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