Man sentenced to 58 years behind bars for shooting death of Rhema Harris

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

Braxton Bird, 25, of South Bend, has been sentenced to 58 years in prison for the June 2022 murder of Rhema Harris.

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police)

Bird was found guilty in October of murder and criminal recklessness.

Bird has sentenced to 55 years for murder; he was also sentenced to 3 years for criminal recklessness, to be served consecutively in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Harris was a corrections officer with St. Joseph County Police. She died after being struck by a bullet at a home on Milburn Avenue.

Witnesses say Bird and his 14-year-old brother fired shots from a vehicle. One of the bullets traveled into the home, killing Harris.

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