Man gets 35 to 70 years in slaying of community activist

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2019 8:25 AM

(Philadelphia) -- A man has been sentenced to 35 to 70 years in prison in the slaying of a well-known community activist in Philadelphia more than two years ago.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 41-year-old Nelson Giddings apologized Friday to relatives of 65-year-old Winnie Harris, who was killed in her home in February 2017.

Giddings pleaded guilty in April to third-degree murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy and gun offenses.

He said in court that the house was dark and he couldn't see, and the victim knocked the gun out of his hand, and he "could have run" but wanted to retrieve the weapon.

Defense attorney Jason Kadish said Giddings knows he did a "horrible thing" in killing Harris, who was acting executive director of a nonprofit group that plants and tends trees.

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