Suspect sentenced to 58 years for murder of Rhema Harris

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - A suspect in the June 2022 murder of Rhema Harris was sentenced on Thursday to 58 years in prison, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

Braxton Bird, 19, was given 55 years for murder and three years for criminal recklessness at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

In October, Bird was found guilty of the drive-by shooting on Milburn Avenue on June 26, 2022.

Braelyn Rios, Bird’s brother who was 14 at the time, was also taken into custody for the crime. His trial is set for March 2024. 

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