Tonisha Harris sentenced to prison

Tonisha Harris. (Photo/Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation)
Tonisha Harris. (Photo/Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Tonisha Harris has formally been sentenced to 3 years in prison on Thursday, in connection to the death of Nichelle McKnight and her missing son, Zaden.

Harris will be facing 36 months for tampering with evidence, 12 months for gross abuse of a corpse and 30 days for failure to report a crime all at once.

In a sentencing memorandum, Prosecutors claim the charges Harris, “committed the worst for of all the offenses for which she was found guilty.”

The document filed with the Court says Harris searched the internet for “CSI” information to assist her crime scene clean-up in her basement. The memo also details text messages between Harris and another man, Antwan Anderson, who is believed to be responsible for the death of Nichelle McKinght.

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Click on the image to read the full Sentencing Memorandum filed by the Prosecution.

The Prosecution included text messages sent between Anderson and Harris they say have to do with cleaning up the crime scene.

The Prosecution is asking for the maximum allowed time in prison for Harris, which means she would spend four years in prison.

Tonisha Harris’ defense also filed documents with the court. They claim Harris was raised in a damaging environment and that her husband, Antwan Anderson, was abusive. The document claims that Anderson directed Harris, “to buy certain items to help cover up the evidence of the murder.”

You can read the Defense’s sentencing memorandum here.

McKnight was found dead in the Stillwater River after disappearing in March 2014. Her son, Zaden, has never been found.

Harris’s attorney told 2 NEWS in a previous interview that his client admits to providing trash bags to Antwan Anderson, the man who police believe killed McKnight. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after McKnight’s disappearance.

Harris was already convicted of using McKnight’s credit cards She says she had nothing to do with McKnight’s death and does not know where Zaden is, although he is believed to be dead.

Harris’ attorney says she faces up to four years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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