BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- What's next for the Cobb County father found guilty on all charges related to the hot car death of his son?
On Monday, a jury found Ross Harris guilty on all eight charges, including malice and felony murder, in the June 2014 death of his son, Cooper. The 22-month-old was found in the back of his father's SUV on a hot summer afternoon.
Judge Mary Staley will sentence Harris at 1:30 p.m. on December 5 in Cobb County.
It's clear that, barring a successful appeal, Harris will serve a lot of time in jail. The murder counts each carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison, while the other charges carry various sentences. In total, Harris faces a maximum of life in prison without parole plus 42 years. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case.
After the jury is discharged, the judge said she would talk to each member about sentencing.
At the sentencing hearing, each side can present either aggravating or mitigating evidence. Mitigating evidence would lead to a less harsh sentence, but the defense has stated it would offer no evidence at the hearing. The prosecution has estimated it will need between 15 to 20 minutes for evidence at the sentencing hearing.
The defense will have 30 days after sentencing to appeal the decision. Harris' attorney during the trial, Maddox Kilgore, has indicated that he will appeal the decision.
"When an innocent has been convicted, there's been a breakdown in the system, and that's what happened here," Kilgore said Monday.