Jamie Harris pleads guilty to second degree murder
VANCOUVER , BC – Jamie Harris, who shot and killed a Surrey youth a house party in December 2008, pleaded guilty to second degree murder at his trial on Tuesday.
The fatal shooting occurred over a minor dispute at a New Year’s eve house party in Surrey on December 31st.
Charges against Harris by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) were laid on the basis of eye witnesses at the party who identified Harris as the shooter.
Harris will appear in court for sentencing on November 14th.
“People have come forward and done the right thing. It took a lot of courage for the witnesses to stand up and tell the truth and for Jamie to admit responsibility.” said Janet Hanson, Adam’s mother. “It has allowed us to put our son to rest.”
Hanson added: “From the time that we were informed of Adam’s death, IHIT has worked tirelessly to bring this to today’s conclusion and we are grateful for the dedication of every one of the investigators. We, as a family, are hoping that, if anything positive can come from this tragedy, it is our restored faith that people will stand up for justice and tell the truth. What it cannot change is that we will forever miss our son.”
The family was thankful for the guilty plea, but the real tragedy, they said, is that “Adam will never have the opportunity to turn his life around and be the person that they knew him to be.”