"If I could, I would lock Erique up and throw away the key," she said. "I know forever is not possible, but I ask for justice for me. I deserve that."
Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Drummond said it was one of the most brutal crimes she has handled in her career.
"I considered playing that 911 call in the courtroom today but frankly did not want to put the victim through that," Drummond said.
"You can hear him order her to the ground," Drummond said. "And you can hear her begging him to stop."
She said it was fortunate that the victim dialed 911, and although she couldn't speak, a Metro 911 dispatcher kept the line open and police were able to get to the crime scene quickly. Harris was found nearby, and so was a bloody knife.
Drummond said she was shocked to see a picture taken in the hospital right after the attack that showed him grinning. Police took Harris there when he said he was injured.
Bailey told him, "If I could impose a life sentence, I would probably take that action today. The only one who is going to serve a life sentence is the victim."
Harris smiled throughout most of the proceeding.
"One of the most shocking things to me is your failure to show any humility," the judge said. "Or any understanding of the ramifications of your conduct. But you are going to have a long time to think about that."
Harris was led out of the courtroom by bailiffs. He was still smiling.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.
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