Man convicted of killing teen over beer sentenced to 22 years

Man convicted of killing teen over beer sentenced to 22 years

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The man convicted of killing a 17-year-old over a stolen beer from a convenience store has been sentenced to 22 years without parole.

Anwar Ghazali, the store clerk accused of killing 17-year-old Dorian Harris, was found guilty of second-degree murder in August.

Authorities said Harris walked into Top Stop Shop in March 2018, grabbed two beers from the cooler and walked out without paying.

Security footage from inside the store showed Ghazali grab a gun and point it at the teen before he left the store.

It also showed Ghazali running after Harris before they went off camera.

Harris' body was found a block away two days later.

Thursday morning, Harris’ two grandmothers gave emotional testimony in the sentencing hearing.

“It was a hard impact on us and it is still hard on us. You know, we battling this everyday. But we thankful that the victory came out and the judge sought justice for Dorian,” said Effie Peete, grandmother.

“It hurts. I will never be able to see my grandson again. None of us will. This is a pill I just cannot swallow but I am glad justice was served and my grandson can rest in peace,” said Sylvia Harris, grandmother.

Both women spoke directly to Ghazali.

One asked Ghazali why never called the police. The other told Ghazali her grandson did not deserve to die that night.

Ghazali’s attorney asked for a new trial, based upon two errors made during trial.

The judge denied that motion.

Ghazali faced up to 25 years in prison for the crime.

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