Second person pleads guilty in Hamilton 'retaliation shooting,' avoids death sentence

WCPOPublished: October 23, 2017
Published: October 23, 2017

Zachary Harris, one of four people charged in a Hamilton retaliation shooting that killed two people, pleaded guilty Monday to avoid the death penalty. Harris, 25, of Columbus, pleaded guilty two counts of aggravated murder minutes before his two-week trial was scheduled to being in Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens' courtroom. In exchange for the plea, Harris will receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Harris is convicted of the drive-by shooting deaths of Orlando Gilbert and Todd Berus in August 2016.

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