Accused murderer to be sentenced

ALBANY, Ga. -- Sentenced to serve at least 20 years of a 40-year sentence for armed robbery in Lee County, accused murderer Jordan Harris faces maximum life sentences for two 2009 armed robberies in Albany.

The court schedule calls for Harris to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette at 4 p.m. Monday in the Dougherty County Jail courtrooms on the robbery charges.

Harris is also accused of murdering Albany business owner Walter Phelps during a July 3, 2010 hardware store robbery. If he is found guilty of that murder, Harris faces a possible death penalty.

"Harris went on a crime spree and robbed one store in Lee County and two stores in Albany. I filed a motion of aggravation after his November 2010 trial in Lee County that could mean a life sentence," said Heather Lanier, chief assistant district attorney in Dougherty County.

Lanier said police and prosecution attorneys from the two jurisdictions cooperated in the armed robbery trials stemming from Harris' crime spree.

Because it involves the death penalty, Harris' murder trial could take much longer to come to trial. Lanier said that the procedures and paperwork in a death penalty case are time consuming.

"It will take time to bring Harris to trial for murder," Lanier said. "But we will."