Harrison Admits to Murder

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, November 16 2012 at 2:54 PM, Updated: Fri, November 16 2012 at 3:08 PM

Life in prison...

That's the sentence handed down to Aaron Henry Harrison for the 2010 murder of Larry Cline.

"Guilty, your honor."

47 year old Aaron Harrison pled 'guilty' to a charge of felony murder as part of a mediated settlement.

Harrison admitted to killing 64 year old Larry Leroy Cline, who had provided Harrison with a room to stay.

Cline was found beaten to death on December fifth of 2010.

Cline's truck was missing, and Harrison was photographed using Cline's credit card at an ATM machine.

"He (Cline) was beat to death in the course of a robbery.  Stole his ATM card, and his vehicle."  Noted Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster.  "He lost his life for that."

Harrison drove Cline's pickup truck to Sacramento, where he was arrested four days later.

Harrison expressed his remorse in court...

"I'm sorry for what I did to Larry's family...and for what I did to Larry.  I did not mean for this to happen."

Judge Charles Luukinen sentenced Harrison to life in prison.

"I wish I could take it back."  Noted Harrison during the sentencing.  "But I can't."

Harrison will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

The case hadn't been scheduled to go to trial until December third.

While Larry Cline's relatives were notified of the outcome, none were able to make it to the plea hearing and sentencing.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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