A Michigan man convicted of killing his wife by poisoning her cereal with heroin was handed down a life sentence Friday.
Jason Harris, of Davison, 60 miles north of Detroit, was found guilty in November of first-degree murder in the 2014 death of Christina Ann-Thompson Harris, among other charges.
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“I agree completely with their verdict,” Genesee County Circuit Court Judge David Newblatt said before imposing his sentence, MLive.com reported. “You are guilty. You did this. You are a murderer. You are a liar. I want to make that very clear. The jury saw through your lies and I see through your lies.”
“You are guilty. You did this. You are a murderer. You are a liar. I want to make that very clear. The jury saw through your lies and I see through your lies.”
Harris tried hiring a hitman to kill his wife but settled on spiking her cereal instead, investigators said. He allegedly did it the night before she died.
A neighbor told police that Christina Harris dropped the bowl of poisoned cereal while eating and passed out on the living room floor.
A medical examiner initially determined the death was the result of an accidental overdose but investigators suspected she was murdered. Her family also told police she didn’t use drugs.
A sample of Christina Harris’ breast milk collected before her death found no drugs in her system, indicating she was not a drug user before her overdose, the news outlet reported. The cause of death was eventually re-classified as a homicide in August 2019.
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Jason Harris collected a $120,000 life insurance benefit after his wife died and a woman moved into his home soon after. An investigation also revealed he had been exchanging text messages with a woman before his wife died.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.