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'Sorry' Stepdad Gets 14 Years in Prison For Beating Little Girl

The Joliet man apologized for his actions but the judge still gave him 14 years.

A Joliet man facing up to 15 years in prison for beating his young stepdaughter got almost the maximum, with the judge giving him 14 years behind bars.

Richard Harris, 35, had pleaded guilty last week to a charge of aggravated battery to a child. He also told Judge Sarah Jones he was "sorry."

Harris was arrested in February 2011. He allegedly beat his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

Harris will have to serve at least 85 percent of the 14 years.

Judge Jones will entertain a motion to reconsider her sentence on Feb. 26.

boozer mcgee February 15, 2013 at 12:47 AM
AGAIN, AS LONG AS AMERICA REMAINS CIVILIZED IN THE WAY IT PUNISHES THE CRIMINALS, DO NOT EXPECT ANY MIRACLES ON CRIME DECLINING! SOME PEOPLE JUST DESERVE TO DIE!
concerned February 15, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Scumbag
Flora Dora February 16, 2013 at 04:40 PM
What kind of pervert beats a two year old child? I hope he does not get released earlier and that the Judge will stick to her guns. And where is Momma?
Marilynn Reinhardt February 19, 2013 at 02:37 PM
When will women wise up & be more selective in the type of men they date and marry? Surely he had shown tendencies toward this sort of behavior and the "mom" (she doesn't deserve that title) looked the other way. Anyone, bio dads or stepfathers, who would lay a hand on a child to inflict such pain & suffering deserve to be locked up forever & let jail-house justice take care of him. Hopefully he will suffer in prison in more ways than one. He just doesn't deserve to live and I don't know what to say about this little girls "mother." There is NO EXCUSE for child abuse - saying "I'm sorry" doesn't mean a thing. He's nothing but a worthless piece of sub-humanity.
anonymous friend March 01, 2013 at 06:35 PM
The mom had no idea anything was going on. She wasn't aware of his drug use behind her back she wasn't aware then when she was gone he was cruel to her daughter. It wasn't until after everything that had happened did she put two and two together and then people she had babysit for her had come forward telling her about him forcing her to eat by shoving the spoon in her face and other very dominate behavior. She wishes he got life, her daughter could have died and now she gets to live her life without her daughter. She has definitely learned the signs and has gone thru domestic violence counseling as well as personal counseling to find the underlying reasons why she was nieve and ddnt see what should have been seen. The little girl has a big uphill battle but she's in a home where she has all the love and support she could ever dream of.

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