DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Justin Eastman, 36, of Columbus, has been sentenced to life without parole for murdering Donna Harris, according to the Delaware County Prosecutor.
A jury found Eastman guilty of aggravated murder in April for killing the 53-year old Harris.
Harris’ body was found November 24, 2019 in a remote, rural area off Sherman Road after she had been missing for four days. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to the prosecutor.
“Donna Harris was left face down, her body lying on top of a sheet and bed skirt, bludgeoned to death, and alone in a field.” said Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel “No person should have to suffer that fate, and no family should ever have to experience the devastating loss of a loved one in such a traumatic way.”
Eastman and Harris were in a relationship, according to court records, and Eastman was the last known person to see Harris alive.
According to court documents, Eastman discussed his plans with his girlfriend Ashley Quick.
She told police he was going to pretend to take Harris fishing in Delaware, but would instead rob her and leave her there. Quick said Eastman joked that if Harris did not give him the money, he would “snap her neck.”
An affidavit also details an exchange between Quick and Eastman on Facebook messenger during the alleged robbery and homicide. In one message, Eastman told Quick to encourage him and tell him how much she loved him.
Quick responded that, “As much as this needs done, I can’t encourage it, what does that make me?”
Eastman stated, “Tell me now, I’m about to turn the phone off until I’m done. Yes or no?”
Quick then said, “Do it, I love you, be careful.”
Quick was charged with robbery in connection to the case.
Eastman was arrested in Kansas on November 25, 2019. Court records showed he had been using Donna’s credit cards during his attempt to flee the state, purchasing things along the way like tools, clothing, and a gaming system.