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Suspect in Strip shooting found guilty in unrelated rape case

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Ammar Harris, the suspect the Feb. 21 Las Vegas Strip shooting and car crash that killed three people, appears in court at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Strip Shooting Suspect Makes Court Appearance

Ammar Harris, the suspect the Feb. 21 Las Vegas Strip shooting and car crash that killed three people, appears in court at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, April  17, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Strip shooting crash

Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle following a shooting and multicar accident on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Ammar Harris, the man accused in a sensational shooting earlier this year on Las Vegas Boulevard, was found guilty today in an unrelated sexual assault case.

A Clark County jury of six women and six men found Harris guilty of three counts of sexual assault and one county of robbery in the 2010 incident.

The verdict came down just before 1:30 p.m. in District Judge Kathleen Delaney's courtroom. Harris, who was dressed in a gray suit, learned he would be sentenced at 9 a.m. Nov. 20.

Harris, who also is accused in the Feb. 21 shooting and car crash on the Las Vegas Strip that left three people dead, stood trial this week. His accuser resurfaced after the Strip shooting and subsequent manhunt for Harris.

With the rape case now completed, the legal focus for Harris now turns to the Feb. 21 shooting on the Strip.

He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in that incident. Police reports and court records indicate Harris got into an argument in the valet area of the Aria with aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry Jr. After the two drove off in separate vehicles, Harris is accused of shooting at Cherry’s car as the two were driving north on Las Vegas Boulevard. Cherry subsequently lost control of the car and slammed into a cab, causing it to explode.

Cherry died, as did cab driver Michael Boldon, 62, and Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, a businesswoman from Maple Valley, Wash., who was riding in the cab.

Freddy Walters, a passenger in Cherry’s car, was shot but survived.

Trial in the Strip shooting case is scheduled for Dec. 2, also before Delaney.

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