Man Who Hit Ex-Cop Gets Two Life Sentences

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A Texas man who beat and robbed a retired cop in 2016 has received two life sentences.

Although Jimmy Edward Harris Jr., 33, pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery and evading arrest, jurors on Feb. 1 disagreed, reports the Longview News-Journal.

He was found guilty on both charges and must serve at least 30 years to become eligible for parole.

On Oct. 29, 2016, Harris broke into retired police officer Ronald Walker's garage and attacked him with a crowbar and tire iron before stealing his car and other items.

Afterward, Walker was hospitalized for weeks, while Harris led authorities on a police chase. Thankfully, however, Walker survived.

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"I feel very happy for my father, that he's still here with me," said Walker's daughter, Sherry Behrens, reports KLTV.

Eventually, Harris was sent to Gregg County Jail on another offense, where an inmate told police he admitted to the crimes.

One of the cellmates says Harris asked if he would be willing to kill the victim so there would be no witness.

Meanwhile, another individual who had completed a drug rehab program with Harris also said the man confessed to the crime.

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Harris has denied the claims, arguing both had misunderstood him.

Walker and his family admit they were worried Harris would get away with the crime but are now relieved he was convicted.

"There was, especially when he got up there to testify, trying to say somebody else did it. It wasn't me," said Behrens. "There was a little bit of concern there at the beginning."

"It was the right call," Behrens added about the conviction. "Exactly the right verdict. It's what needed to happen."

It's not the first crime involving a police officer that has captured headlines recently.

The news comes just after authorities pushed back the sentencing for former New Jersey police officer Domenico Lillo, who admitted to using excessive force in 2013, reports NJ.com.

Lillo is accused of hitting 25-year-old Brandon Walsh, who was being picked up on a warrant, in the face with a flashlight.

Lillo was supposed to face his fate on Jan. 27, but his sentencing has been pushed back to March 5. It is just one a handful of times Lillo's sentencing trial, which was initially Jan. 6, 2016, has reportedly been postponed.

In addition to facing charges for excessive force, Lillo will also be sentenced for helping a relative fraudulently obtain a federally funded home rehabilitation loan.

Sources: Longview News-Journal (2), KLTV, NJ.com / Featured Image: Joe Gratz/Flickr / Embedded Images:  Ddgonzal/Wikimedia Commons, Juha Kamarainan/Wikimedia Commons

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