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Wife of Beaumont murder victim speaks during sentencing phase after suspect found guilty

Wife of Beaumont murder victim speaks during sentencing phase after suspect found guilty

Testimony ended Friday in the sentencing phase of the Tyrece Harris Murder Trial.

Harris, 18, has been convicted of shooting and killing 52-year-old Jimmy Bertrand of Beaumont in April 2016.

On Friday, the jury heard from several witnesses, including a former Lamar University student who testified that Harris and several other people robbed him and his roommate just two days before the murder

The witness said that he recognized Harris on the news shortly after the murder and went to police.

Two other students also testified about Harris' involvement in two separate robberies.

Harris faces up to life in prison after rejecting a plea deal for a 40-year sentence..

KFDM/6 News on Fox spoke with jimmy Bertrand's widow Nicola Bertrand on Friday following the court hearing.

"He took away four kids daddy and a husband and a brother and an uncle. You know, his youngest child is seven. My son is only seven and he was six when jimmy died,"said Nicola Bertrand. "So he's gonna grow up his whole life without his daddy and, yeah, I was glad when they found him guilty. To say the least, I was very happy."

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