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Justin Ross Harris, who is accused of intentionally killing his 22-month-old son in June 2014 by leaving him in the car in suburban Atlanta, stands during his murder Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Brunswick, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison in his son's hot-car death


A Georgia man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in his son's hot-car death. 

Last month, jurors convicted 36-year-old Justin Ross Harris of malice murder, among other charges, in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.

 The malice murder conviction means jurors believe Harris intentionally left his son in the hot SUV to die. 

Cooper died June 18, 2014, after spending seven hours locked in his father's SUV. Harris said he forgot to drop Cooper off at daycare that morning and instead drove directly to his job as a web developer at Home Depot. 

During the sentencing, prosecutor Chuck Boring said that Cooper died in the most "torturous, horrific, unimaginable way possible," according to ABC News.

Later, investigators found evidence that Harris had been cheating on his wife with "numerous women," including a prostitute and an underaged teen. 

Because of the circumstances, investigators concluded that Harris left his son in the vehicle to escape the responsibilities of family life. 

Boring said the prosecution's recommended sentence, life without parole, reflects the "evil" nature of the crime.

Judge Mary Staley Clark agreed to follow the state's recommendation, saying Harris "callously" walked away from his child and left him to die. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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