A Georgia man who was found guilty last month in the "hot car" death of his young son was sentenced to life without parole on Monday.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley sentenced Justin Ross Harris, 36, to the maximum possible sentence for the eight guilty counts, including malice murder and felony murder, according to WXIA-TV.
Staley added an additional 32 years to the life sentence, a measure sought by prosecutors, said the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"There is no justification," lead prosecutor Chuck Boring said Monday while calling for the toughest possible sentence against Harris. "This is basically the most aggravated killing of another individual, especially a young child … that there's only one sentence that reflects the evil nature of what he did."
Harris's 22-month-old son Cooper was found dead in the back of his father's SUV on a hot afternoon in July 2014. Harris had taken the toddler with him to breakfast but left him in the car after driving to his office a short distance away that morning, reported WXIA-TV.
Prosecutors had charged that Harris was so preoccupied with illicit online and in-person affairs with women of varying ages that he ignored his son by leaving him in the car while temperatures soared.
Harris had exchanged texts and emails with teenage girls as young as 15, said WXIA-TV. He was also found guilty of multiple charges of dissemination of harmful materials to minors relating to his sexting with underage girls.
Maddox Kilgore, Harris's attorney, argued that the "hot car" incident was a tragic mistake and that his client' sexting habits were not connected to the case at all, said CNN. He will have 30 days to file an appeal, which he indicated earlier he would.
Harris's ex-wife Leanna Taylor had testified in her ex-husband's defense, describing him as a "very involved" parent and believed Harris left the child in the vehicle by accident, according to CNN. She also testified, though, that they had intimacy problems and that Harris struggled with pornography.
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