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A Baltimore teen who was supposed to be confined to house arrest for the last year, at the time that he was a police officer in a stolen Jeep, was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment in the county jail.
Dawnta Harris, 17, was tried as an adult and convicted earlier this year in May, 2018, with a murder of a Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced the teenager to life in prison, in addition to over 20 years for a robbery in progress.
“Amy, it was unnecessary, and remorselessly killed,” the victim’s husband, Tim, Caprio said.
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The 29-year-old officer responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle when they came across Harris, in what would later be referred to as a new Jeep. Bodycam footage of the incident showed Caprio yelling at the teenager to get out of the car.
Dawnta Harris, 17, was tried as an adult and convicted earlier this year in May, 2018, with a murder of a Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, on the 29th.
At one point, she pulls her gun and yells, Harris ‘ “Stop! Stop!” before he ducks his head and speeds up and hits the car in for her.
Caprio managed to get it to fire off a round that shattered the Jeep’s back. The residents of the city of Baltimore reportedly took the officer’s blood-stained, and with the tyre marks in her leg. She suffered broken ribs and injuries to her internal organs.
Police say Harris dumped from the Jeep several blocks away.
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Officials in Baltimore, has come under heavy criticism in the wake of Caprio’s death, and after the birth, Harris was awaiting sentencing in a car theft case, at the time of the murder. He would, however, continue to be under house arrest, despite a series of prior arrests for auto break-ins, repeated instances in which he skipped out of juvenile detention, and a request by his mother to get him to hold on to.
As a high school freshman at the time, Harris was transferred from a juvenile facility to his home in West Baltimore — and it disappeared shortly after that.
Er, Tim Caprio speak, between the father-in-law, Garry Sorrells, left, and Baltimore County State Attorney Scott Shellenberger following the life sentence handed to the 17-year-old Dawnta Harris, the Baltimore County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Towson, Md.(Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A week later, Caprio was dead.
The three teens, who, like Harris’ accomplices, pleaded guilty to the crime of murder, and is scheduled to be sentenced in September. The authorities have accused them of burglarizing a house, when Caprio was on the road.
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Under Maryland law, if a person is killed during the commission of a robbery, accomplices may be prosecuted for the murder.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.