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A man who brought a bomb to a party that led to the death of a 28-year-old man was sentenced today to about three years in prison.
Christapher A. Harris, 21, (left) is to serve 39 months for second-degree manslaughter and possession of an explosive device, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza said.
A jury in September voted 9-3 to acquit Harris of first-degree manslaughter for the Nov. 6, 2010, explosion that killed Cody R. Hathaway, 28, (right) outside a family costume party.
Another jury convicted him of the lesser charge last month.
Hathaway died after a bomb exploded and sent a piece of shrapnel into his neck.
The bomb was one of several Harris brought to the party at the invite of co-defendant James J. Crouchman, who lit one of the devices.
Crouchman, 36, was sentenced to 10 months in jail last month for unlawful possession of explosives and reckless endangerment.
After the first jury decided 9-3 to acquit him of first-degree manslaughter, a second jury handed down a unanimous second-degree manslaughter conviction against the man who built a homemade bomb that killed a Spokane man at a belated Halloween party in 2010.
Christapher A. Harris, who turns 21 on Sunday, faces about three years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 6. Harris was convicted of killing 28-year-old Cody R. Hathaway (pictured right) on Nov. 6, 2010, north of Chattaroy.
Closing arguments are underway in the second trial of a man charged in the explosion of a homemade bomb that killed a Chattaroy man.
Christapher A. Harris, 20, (pictured) is charged with manslaughter for the Nov. 6, 2010, explosion that killed Cody R. Hathaway, 28, outside a family costume party.
A jury in September voted 9-3 to acquit Harris of the charge, but verdicts must be unanimous. The jury did convict co-defendant James J. Crouchman and Harris of possession of an explosive device and Harris of possession of a stolen firearm.
Crouchman's second trial for second-degree manslaughter is scheduled for Dec. 27, but he is expected to instead plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
The bomb was one of several Harris brought to the party at the invite of Crouchman, who lit one of the devices. Hathaway approached the device and it exploded, sending a piece of metal into his neck that severed arteries and killed him.
Harris was arrested after ditching bomb-making material in Idaho. He's been out of jail for his trials.
Trial is set to being today in the case of two men charged with manslaughter after a homemade bomb killed a 28-year-old man outside a party north of Chattaroy last fall.
Opening statements are to begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza. Christapher A. Harris (left) is charged with first-degree manslaughter and James J. Crouchman second-degree manslaughter for the Nov. 6 explosion that killed Cody R. Hathaway (below).
Harris also is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession or manufacture of an incendiary device. If convicted, he faces 95 to 125 months in prison, prosecutors said in February. If convicted of second-degree manslaughter, Crouchman faces 26 to 34 months in prison. Harris was arrested on an explosives charge just after the incident.
Police say he brought the device and other homemade bombs to the party, then removed bomb-making materials from his Spokane apartment and dumped them in Idaho to avoid investigators.
Crouchman told police he ignited one of the devices in a poorly lighted area, then saw Hathaway emerge from the area and collapse after the explosion.
Medical Examiner Sally Aiken recovered a metal fragment from Hathaway’s neck that appeared to be from a CO2 canister. Aiken believes Hathaway died when the canister struck the left side of his neck and severed an artery and jugular vein, according to court documents.
Harris is represented by James Kirkham. Crouchman is represented by Chris Phelps. Dale Nagy is prosecuting.
Manslaughter charges have been filed against two men for a deadly explosion outside a party north of Chattaroy last fall.
Christapher A. Harris, 20, (left) and James J. Crouchman, 35, pleaded not guilty Monday in Spokane County Superior Court. Neither is in custody.
Harris is charged with first-degree manslaughter and Crouchman second-degree manslaughter after a homemade bomb exploded outside a home at 3110 E. Dennison-Chattaroy Road on Nov. 6 and killed Cody R. Hathaway, 28 (below).
“He died because they were using illegal devices,” said Sgt. Bill Beeman of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Although authorities don’t believe anyone intended to kill Hathaway, the charges allege Harris’ reckless actions and Crouchman’s negligence caused the death.
Hathaway's mother, Gloria Hathaway, said the party was an annual gathering for friends and family and that Harris was not invited but showed up at Crouchman's behest.