North Aurora man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder, gets 11 years

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 2:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 8:57 a.m. CDT
Martrell Harris

NORTH AURORA – A 25-year-old North Aurora man on Friday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and agreed to an 11-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections in the August 2012 stabbing death of his father, Michael Harris.

Martrell Harris was given credit for at least 488 days served in the Kane County Jail, according to a news release issued by the Kane County State's Attorney's Office. He has been held in the Kane County jail in lieu of $1.8 million bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.

The incident took place at 10 a.m. Aug. 20, 2012, after a series of heated arguments between Martrell Harris, his father and several family members, Michael Harris and his wife began to argue in the upstairs master bedroom. Martrell Harris and his brother went into the bedroom, and the brother pushed Michael Harris into a walk-in closet.

The brothers left the bedroom, and Martrell Harris went downstairs and changed his clothes. Believing he and other members of his family were in danger of imminent harm, Martrell Harris got a knife with a 3-inch blade and went back upstairs and began to argue with his father. The argument turned physical, and Martrell Harris pulled the knife out of his back pocket and stabbed his father in the chest, killing him.

“After consulting with the family members of the victim, Michael Harris, we believe this is an appropriate outcome to this tragic case,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. “I hope this guilty plea and sentence helps the Harris family find a sense of peace and justice.”

Kane County Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti accepted the plea. The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney David Belshan.

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