A Johnson City man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son in 2019 is guilty of manslaughter.

46-year-old Larry Harris has been on trial in Broome County Court this week for the murder of Jerome Smith who was found unresponsive at a home at Burbank and Grand Avenues on February 2 of 2019. 

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

The jury this morning found Harris guilty of manslaughter instead of the more serious murder charge.

First Degree Manslaughter carries a penalty of 20 to 25 years in prison in New York.

The Johnson City fifth-grader’s mother, Shakia Crute, had been charged with manslaughter in connection with her child’s death but later pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Get our free mobile app

Harris is still awaiting trials on separate drug charges and allegations that he sexually assaulted a child. 

He was charged with drug possession after police searched a Binghamton apartment a month after Smith’s death.  While Harris was being held in connection with the child’s death, a person came forward alleging sexual abuse against a child and rape for incidents between October 2013 and March of 2019. 

Broome prosecutors said Harris would be tried separately on those allegations. 

Top Jobs After Retirement To Land You Some Extra Cash