The Philadelphia man convicted for the rape and murder of a Drexel University connoisseur tyro has killed himself in prison.
James Harris, 58, was found hanging in his jail cell last week in Graterford, Pa., Philly.com reported.
Graterford State Prison Superintendent Cynthia Link conspicuous he was found nonchalant around 10:40 p.m. last Thursday. Harris was changed to a circuitously hospital, where he was conspicuous passed 30 mins later.
Last month, he was found guilty in a nonjury hearing for the 2015 rape and murder of Jasmine Wright, Philly.com reported.
His first-degree murder self-assurance had a imperative life judgment but parole, the news website reported. A Philadelphia judge slapped Harris with another 30 to 60 years for rape, thievery and contingent deviating passionate intercourse.
Prosecutors conspicuous Harris, formerly a handyman, pounded Wright, 27, from behind inside her apartment. The new Drexel grad was on the phone with her mom at the time, who told cops she could hear tools of the attack.
Wright had just gotten a master’s grade in open health at the time of her death.
Harris allegedly used whiten to cover his tracks, but investigators still found his DNA at the scene.
The demented perp testified that the two were in a consensual relationship, which is because his DNA was found, according to Philly.com. Harris kept arguing he was trusting up until his sentencing.
Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman conspicuous it was a “fictional passionate affair” that only angry Wright’s lamentation family, the news website reported.
Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark previously called Harris a “monster,” who’d been arrested 31 times before.
One time was for the 1982 murder of his father, James Washington, who was reportedly abusive.