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Justin Ross Harris receives maximum sentence in death of 22 month-old son

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Justin Ross Harris has received the maximum sentence and will spend the rest of his life in prison in the death of his son Cooper Harris.

Judge Mary Staley Clark sentenced Harris Monday afternoon in a Cobb County Courtroom. Harris was found guilty of malice murder after he left his son in his SUV in the parking lot of his job in June 2014.

The judge spoke to Harris and gave him an opportunity to speak up if he wanted.

"I'll put it on the record and I'll speak to Mr. Harris directly," Judge Clark said. "Mr. Harris you have the right to offer evidence in mitigation, you can call witnesses and they can be put up for the purpose of testimony."

Harris stood in the courtroom in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. His defense team had no argument to make about sentencing and did not ask for a reduced sentence or time served.

"We have no argument," Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore said in court.

Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring made a statement to the judge asking for the maximum sentence allowed by law.

"Judge that would be a sum total of life in prison without parole plus 32 years to serve consecutively and I think the evidence and jury's finding that this man killed his child in the most horrible way possible necessitates this sentence and only this sentence," Boring said. 

In November, Harris was found guilty on all eight counts, including malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children, criminal attempt to commit a felony and dissemination of harmful material to minors.

After the judge decided an impartial jury couldn't be assembled in Cobb County, Staley moved the trial to Brunswick, GA in Glynn County.  

What will he serve?

Harris has been given the maximum sentence to run consecutively. He will serve life without parole, plus 32 years.

The maximum sentence for each charge is below:

  • Charges 1, 2 and 3 (Guilty)
    Life without possibility of parole
  • Charge 4 (Guilty)
    5-20 years
  • Charge 5 (Guilty)
    1-10 years
  • Charge 6 (Guilty)
    1-10 years
  • Charge 7 and 8 (Guilty)
    12 months each

Watch the sentencing

The timeline

After leaving his child to die in a hot car in June 2014, Justin Ross Harris has since been charged with eight crimes, divorced and had his trial moved from Cobb County to the southeast Georgia coast.

Click here to see how we got to this point.

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