A Dallas man pleaded guilty to murder on Monday. He got a plea deal in exchange and his sentence will be 12 years in jail.
However, the victim’s family is at peace with the punishment and both brothers encouraged the man to devote that time to building a strong relationship with God, as The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Gerald Wayne Harris, 59, was robbed and shot on August 19, 2019. The terrible incident took place in the parking lot of a shopping center in far northeast Dallas.
“Maybe the Lord, in his mercy, felt that was enough time,” the victim’s brother, Kenneth Harris Sr., said after finding out about the sentence.
Reginal Reshard Knox, 23, was taken into custody almost two months after the deadly shooting. The man confessed to the crime, according to Dallas police reports. Knox was charged with capital murder which can be punished either by life in prison without parole or with the death penalty.
Prosecutors had a hard time locating and questioning witnesses before the trial since the shopping center is in a transient part of the city, as the news outlet points out.
“Prosecutors were ready for trial but considering Reginal Knox’s sparse criminal history and his willingness to accept guilt for killing Mr. Harris, the plea agreement was accepted. We hope knowing Mr. Knox is held accountable for his actions offers some comfort and closure to Mr. Harris’ family,” was the statement from Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot’s office.
Two of the victim’s brothers said they forgive the man who took him away. Kenneth Harris Sr., a pastor in Oklahoma City, and David Glover of Allen, shared their hope that God would bring the killer some peace.
Knox was reportedly “touched” by their kind words, as defense lawyers Brook Busbee and Brad Lollar stated at the end.
“He heard every word they had to say, and he appreciates it. He’s taking it to heart,” Lollar said.