Woman in castration guilty of lesser charge

September 30, 2009 10:43:09 AM PDT
Bridget Harris, the woman charged with castrating and murdering her father, has been convicted of a lesser charge after the jury rejected the top two counts, including second-degree murder. She was convicted of second-degree reckless manslaughter and could serve as little as three years in jail, according to her lawyer, Arthur Aidala.

"We are very pleased with this verdict," Aidala told Eyewitness News by phone.

Harris was arrested in July 2007 and later admitted binding and gagging her father and then castrating him after she learned he had been molesting her daughter. Harris claimed she, herself, had been similarly molested for much of her childhood.

The jury apparently accepted the defense claim that Harris's father died accidentally as a result of his being gagged and was not murdered.

The trial, at Queens Criminal Court, lasted three weeks. The verdict was returned early Wednesday afternoon after just three hours of deliberations.

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