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Meechaiel Criner was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Haruka Weiser. He will be elgible for parole after 40 years.
The body of the 18-year-old college girl was found dumped in a creek. She was a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Crineer is black. Weiser was white. Had the races been reversed (they almost never are reversed) this story would have blazed across the nation's media for decades as evidence that white racist thrives.
From kxan.com ▼ Matthew Prendergast
The man accused of killing University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Weiser has been found guilty of capital murder.
It took the jury of seven women and five men a total of 10 and a half hours to come to their verdict.
Since he has been found guilty, Meechaiel Criner, 20, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Because he was 17 years old at the time of Weiser's murder, he is not eligible for the death penalty. He is eligible for parole after 40 years in prison.
The jury met Friday morning at 8 a.m. and elected to work through lunch. They deliberated for four and a half hours on Thursday after listening to hours of closing arguments beforehand.
Weiser's father, Thomas Weiser, took the stand after the verdict to give his emotional but stern victim impact statement.
"Haruka did not choose to sacrifice herself. You made that choice for her. But she did not die in vain. We will never know how many lives she saved through the events of her death."
"I wish she was still here where I could see her, but I do find comfort in knowing that she helped stop a serial killer in his tracks," said Weiser.
Victoria Winkeler, the prosecutor for the state, argued that even if the jury had been divided on the robbery, kidnapping or aggravated sexual assault leading up to the murder, they could still find him guilty, as the evidence against him was "damning."
“You should know, he committed this horrific and brutal murder and rape, just like his fantasies,” Winkeler said.
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