Justin Ross Harris sentencing: Jurors believed the father planned his son’s death so he could live life unconstrained. Life behind bars, no parole.
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.
The former Home Depot’s web developers’ sentencing was dispensed by Cobb County Superior Judge Mary Staley Clark.
Told the judge: ‘ ….fairly deliberated and discharged their duties, and found the defendant guilty of what factually was a horrendous, horrific experience for this 22-month-old child who had been placed in the trust of his father. And, in violation and dereliction of duty to that child, if not love of that child, callously walked away and left that child in a hot car, in June, in Georgia, in the summer to swelter and die.’
The malice murder conviction means that jurors believed the father had purposefully left his son to die by design. On the day of his death, Cooper spent 7 hours locked in the hot car where temperatures that day ranged in the 90’s.
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During the trial, prosecutors argued that Harris intentionally killed his son to escape his family responsibilities along with being able to pursue sexual affairs outside his marriage without restraint.
During the man’s trial, prosecutor Chuck Boring told how the toddler was left inside the father’s hot SUV for hours to ‘suffer an unimaginable, horrible death.’
Boring during closing summation last month said ‘that there was no doubt Cooper died due to the heat, no doubt Harris lived a double life and no doubt that Harris left Cooper in his car, while defense attorney Maddox Kilgore said Cooper’s death was an accident.’
Of note, during trial proceedings the prosecution told of Harris watching a video about hot car deaths in the days before the killing, while on the day of the killing the father was ensconced in a series of illicit sex-texts with a woman whose private parts he’d sent photos of.