Man Who Waterboarded Girlfriend with Root Beer Gets Life Sentence

Published:9:24 am EDT, September 5, 2012| Updated:9:25 am EDT, September 5, 2012|
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Major Harris III, perhaps the first man to wield a soft drink to inflict cruel and unusual punishment (don't get any ideas, Dick Cheney), will serve the rest of his life in prison for a bizarre incident of assault and kidnapping.

The 32-year-old Palm Coast, Florida, man was sentenced this week to life with no possibility of parole for assaulting his girlfriend in a jealous rage because she wouldn't tell him where she had been, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Major Harris root beer waterboard

Major Harris III.

Root beer, huh? Very innovative ...

He pinned her to the floor, smacked her and poured root beer on her face as he choked her, according to trial testimony. He cocked a gun and stuck it in her eye. All this happened as the woman's children were in another part of the house.

She ran away but returned "to my house where I knew I had my kids. The horrific part of this was my children," she testified. He held her captive as the horror continued into the next day — in church ... huh? — she testified:

I prayed. God answered prayers. I shouted harder than I ever shouted in church that day knowing he was sitting next to me with a gun in the church. And I thank God and the justice system.

In court on Tuesday, her tormentor was gracious enough to "forgive" his victim, who was on-hand to witness his magnanimity:

“First off, addressing the alleged victim, we both know what took place that night. As far as my behalf, you know, I apologize for what took place. You know, I've been praying about the situation and, you know, I forgive her as well, too.”

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