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Georgia man convicted of murder in hot car death sentenced to life in prison, no parole

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File- Justin Ross Harris during a hearing in a Cobb County, Georgia courtroom on July 3, 2014.

MARIETTA, Ga. — A judge sentenced a Georgia man found guilty of murder after his son died in a hot SUV to life in prison without parole.

Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The malice murder conviction means they believed Harris left the young boy to die on purpose.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark sentenced the 36-year-old Harris at a hearing Monday.

Prosecutors said at trial that Harris intentionally killed his son to escape the responsibilities of family life. Defense attorneys said the boy’s death was an accident.

Harris moved from Alabama to Georgia for work in 2012.