Addressing the judge directly, Harris said he hopes the court “can see me for who I am, and not just for someone who has committed terrible crimes.”
He said people have “judged unfairly for most of my life,” but acknowledged that in this situation, “their anger and judgment are deserved.”
“These last 22 months have been a time of reflection and self-discovery for me,” he continued, referring to his time behind bars since his arrest in September 2020. “Much of it has been incredibly painful. However, my journey is not over yet. I still have much to give and atone for. My only request is that you try to see me for who I am, and not just someone who has selfishly harmed others.”
Harris’ attorneys added in a statement to E! News that they’re grateful the judge recognized his “humanity, worthiness.” [and] Rehabilitation potential.” After serving 12 years in prison, Harris faces eight years of court-supervised release, the US Attorney’s Office told E! News.