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Judge sentences Ammar Harris to death in Strip shooting, crash


Chris Kudialis / Las Vegas Sun

Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, center, appears Monday, Jan. 4, 2015, in District Court, where he was sentenced to death in a fatal February 2013 shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip.

Strip shooting crash

Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle following a shooting and multicar accident on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Launch slideshow »

A man convicted in a fatal shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip that left three people dead in 2013 was sentenced today to death after a judge accepted a jury’s earlier recommendation.

Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 29, stood quietly and had no reaction as District Court Judge Kathleen E. Delaney read aloud the sentence. Harris was convicted of 11 felony charges, including three counts of first-degree murder.

“The jury spoke and determined that you should be sentenced to the death penalty,” Delaney said.

Harris’ sentencing comes nearly three years after he fatally shot Kenneth Cherry Jr. on Feb. 21, 2013, during a tire-squealing chase between Harris’ Range Rover and Cherry’s Mazerati on Las Vegas Boulevard, near Flamingo Road.

As a result, Cherry’s Mazerati crashed into a taxi, causing an explosion that killed cab driver Michael Boldon and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, police said.

Boldon’s brother was the only family member of the three victims at today’s formal sentencing.

“There’s no remorse in that man,” a teary-eyed Tehran Boldon said of Harris. “He needs to be put down.”

Harris left Las Vegas after the shooting and was arrested in Los Angeles a week later.

On Oct. 26, a jury of eight women and four men convicted Harris in the deaths. On Nov. 4, the same jury took less than two hours to recommend Harris be sentenced to death.

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