Arizona dad accused of killing man who tried to enter teen daughter’s restroom stall gets 8-year prison term

An Arizona father who authorities say fatally beat a man who allegedly tried to follow the dad’s teenage daughter into a restroom stall was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.

Defendant Melvin Harris, 41, accepted a plea deal on a manslaughter charge after initially facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the 2018 incident, FOX 10 of Phoenix reported.


Harris was waiting outside a QuikTrip convenience store in Phoenix, after arriving there to pick up his daughter and two of her friends, The Arizona Republic reported.

Melvin Harris III was accused of fatally beating a man after the suspect allegedly tried to enter his daughter's locked restroom stall. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

When his daughter came out of the store, she told him that a suspect later identified as Leon Armstrong had tried to enter her stall inside the store’s restroom.

Harris asked a store security guard to handle the situation – or else he would handle it himself, police and court records said, according to the Republic.

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