Christopher Harris to be sentenced in Gee family slayings

5:41 AM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
Austin Gee and Justina Constant Photo Courtesy: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois man who was convicted of killing five members of a Beason family is set to be sentenced.

Christopher Harris is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon for five counts of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence.

The 34-year-old used a tire iron to kill five members of his ex-wife's family in 2009.

He admitted killing 14-year-old Dillen Constant, but Harris' lawyers said he only did so after the teenager killed the rest of the family.

Harris was also convicted of killing Dillen's mother, Ruth Gee; his stepfather, Rick Gee; his 16-year-old sister, Justina Constant; and 11-year-old stepbrother Austin Gee.

His lawyers have already asked for a new trial, saying jurors should have been allowed to visit Beason.

The community's about 45 miles northeast of Springfield.

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