LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock jurors gave the man who beat a frail elderly man with his own cane 25 years in prison.
Jaffice Lee Harris, 20 pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary of habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault and Wednesday Lubbock jurors heard testimony during the sentencing phase to determine just what kind of punishment he would receive. The jury delivered 25 years of justice for the victim just one week after 74-year-old Kenneth Forson suffered a completely unrelated tragedy, the death of his wife Doris.
"He said give me the money, give me the money. That's the only words I heard him say. Give me the money, give me the money," said Forson who gave NewsChannel 11 a detailed account of his attack.
Jaffice Harris beat Forson with his own cane leaving him with cuts on his head, a concussion and a severely bruises on his arm after he broke into Forson's home through the garage in the 3800 block of 45th Street. Shortly after, Harris was arrested for trying to snatch a 56-year-old woman's purse at the United on 50th and Ave. Q.
While Wednesday's trial was about November's home invasion, Harris admitted to five felonies including snatching purses and burglarizing homes. Stolen property found in Harris' mother's house, at the time of his arrest, was traced to a burglary in the same neighborhood as Forson's home.
Attorney Charles Chambers told the jury Harris stole to support a drug habit, and that he was a good student athlete at Levelland High School, but moved to Lubbock and got caught up with the wrong crowd.
On the stand, Harris had tears in his eyes as he told the jury he was raised right and his parents did what they could. His family told jurors that if Jaffice was given a life sentence he would never be able to make something of himself. With a juvenile record and previous convictions, Prosecutors told jurors Harris had enough chances and asked for life. His attorney asked for 10 to 20 years, and jurors gave him 25.
"He's really happy that he'll have the opportunity to get out and have the rest of his life after he serves his time and pays his debts to society," said Chambers. Harris must serve half his prison term before he is eligible for parole.
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Jaffice Harris sentenced to 25 years in prison
It it was around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when Jaffice Harris received his sentence for burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault.