BREAKING: Dawsonville man indicted on felony murder charge following wife’s 2023 death
The local man was initially booked for elder cruelty in March 2023.
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Forsyth County man gets 20 years in prison for role in Hannah Bender’s murder
Austin Stryker sentencing is tomorrow, Dec. 15
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Jerry Harper listens to the prosecution during his sentencing hearing on Dec. 14. - photo by Kelly Whitmire
Twenty-six months after 21-year-old Hannah Bender’s murder, the case’s eldest defendant was sentenced for his role in the grisly crime. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, Forsyth County resident Jerry Harper, 79, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years of probation for his part in Bender’s death.