The sentencing of a convicted killer got ugly in a Queens courtroom Wednesday — with the defendant’s brother taunting the victim’s sister with a photo of the dead man and the words “Rot in hell by any means,” the distraught family said.
Teimel Morris, 25, of Brooklyn, got the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the May 2016 shooting death of Edward Harris — but not before a heated exchange between Morris’ older brother and Harris’ mother and sisters.
“I just want you to give this M.F. the maximum,” Harris’ mom, Clarian Harris, told the judge as she wept, using initials instead of profanity. “He don’t deserve to walk the streets at all of the United States.”
“You took my son’s life for no reason at all, for what?” she said to Morris.
A jury convicted Morris of murder on Feb. 1 after a two-week trial.
The Harris family on Wednesday charged that Morris’ older brother wore Harris’ photo and the “rot in hell” message on a t-shirt under another article of clothing, and flashed it at Harris’ sister, Kim Harris, as she was waiting to get into court.
“You’re mad because your brother’s going to jail for life,” Clarian Harris said to Morris’s brother, then turned to him and said, “Click, click, motherf—er. You going to jail for life.”
Another of Harris’ sisters then yelled out, “Rot in hell, my n—-, real s—. That’s all I have to say.”
Morris said nothing to the judge, but flashed a big smile to his brother and his supporters, and told them, “I love you” as he was led out of the courtroom.