FORT WAYNE – As an Allen County deputy prosecutor recounted the crime for which Harry White II was about to be sentenced, the 45-year-old White sat in the jury box and shook his head nearly continuously.
After Deputy Prosecutor Jason Custer finished speaking and it was White’s turn, he apologized to the woman he nearly killed but said his fingerprints weren’t on the knife that stabbed her.
“I don’t know what (Custer) is talking about,” White said.
What Custer was talking about was enough to convict White of the attempted murder of his domestic partner, as well as intimidation with a weapon, strangulation, auto theft and interference with the reporting of a crime.
According to court documents, the woman told police she had been living with White for seven years.
In June, she returned to their home and White was in the shower.
After he got dressed, he followed her into the bedroom and attacked her, angry because she hadn’t taken him to work the week before, according to court documents.
Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull sentenced White to 43 years in prison, citing his criminal history.
She said White was certainly entitled to maintain his innocence, but after hearing the evidence presented in the October trial, she disagreed with his position.
“You were with her seven years, and this is how you treat her?” Gull asked White. “The nature of your crimes is despicable. You were lying in wait and attacked her in her home.”
White was still shaking his head as the judge spoke. He said he intends to appeal his conviction and sentence.