• Emily Harrell

Man Sentence To Life For Son's Death


This week, a judge sentenced a man from Atlanta, Georgia, to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son. In June 2014, Justin Ross Harris left his son, Cooper, in the back of his car while he was at work at Home Depot for seven hours.

Harris also got another 32 years for convictions on other counts.

The Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark said, "Perhaps not the way you intended, you in fact have accomplished that goal." In addition to the life term, she charged Harris for first degree cruelty to children on a 20-year sentence, as well as a 10-year sentence for sexual exploitation of children.

Those charges came from Harris trying to get a minor to send him inappropriate pictures of herself. He also got sentenced a year each for two misdemeanor counts of spreading harmful pictures of minors, which were related to the messages he sent and received.

Harris did not speak at his sentencing hearing and did not testify at trial.

Prosecutors said that Harris was unhappily married and killed his son on purpose to get out of family life.

Prosecutors decided not to give Harris the death penalty and said that the sentence that he got was appropriate.

"I don't think you could have any other sentence that would be appropriate when somebody's been convicted of intentionally taking the life of a 22-month-old child — not only doing that but doing it such a painful and deliberate way," the prosecutor said.

Harris told police that, "he forgot to drop his son off at day care that morning, driving straight to his job as a web developer for Home Depot, not remembering that Cooper was still in his car seat."

All information from CNN.com

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