Harris guilty of firearm use

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Following a jury trial on April 19 in Charlotte Circuit Court, William Morris Harris was found guilty of the use of a firearm and the possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony, according to the Charlotte County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office and online court records.

Harris, of Chester, was found not guilty of robbery of a residence — a charge he faced following an alleged robbery and home invasion in Aspen on April 17, 2016.

Harris’ sentencing will take place June 28.

Police say Harris and Alex Leon Roberts were prosecuted following an alleged robbery and home invasion last April at Staunton Hill Road in Aspen.

At the time, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said the two fled the scene of the crime in a vehicle, which was met by deputies in the Phenix area. The two men then fled on foot.

Roberts, of Drakes Branch, previously pled guilty to the robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon charges and will serve an active sentence of six years with 29 years suspended.

Roberts had received 30 years with 26 years suspended on the robbery charge and five years with three years suspended on the felon in possession of a firearm (charge), according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Green.