Springfield family half way to justice after sentencing

Tina Harper appeared in Clark County Municipal Court Aug 11, 2015. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)
Tina Harper appeared in Clark County Municipal Court Aug 11, 2015. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) –Tina Harper was sentenced to two months in the Clark County Jail for stealing money from a memorial fund she helped create.

Those donations came in for 13-year-old Tyree King’s funeral expenses. King was killed in June when police say he was hit by a drunk driver.

He was walking back from a convenience store when he was struck.

In the courtroom Tuesday, just behind Harper sat Todd King, Tyree’s father.

“It was worth the wait. We just really want to get all of this over with so we can try to move on.”

King watched as new evidence was read in the case. Harper kept her head down, sobbing for the majority of the sentencing.

“It was all a show. There was crocodile tears from the giddy-up,” King said.

The judge sentenced Harper to two months in the Clark County Jail. She’ll also be on community control for two years and pay restitution for the more than $1,000 she stole.

“She deserved to get what she got. Taken out in handcuffs,” King added.

Harper’s family declined comment.

For the King family, justice is a start, but justice alone isn’t able to replace what’s lost, their beloved son, Tyree.

“We miss him every day. It just gets rougher every day. But only the strong survive.”

The King family will return to court on Monday for the pre-trial of Charles Heard. Police say Heard was drunk at the time his vehicle struck and killed Tyree.

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