Joseph Harwell Given Additional 35 Years in Prisonon February 28, 2012 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
Joseph Harwell was given 35 years in prison Monday for the murders of Mary Thomas and Tondilear Harge. This is added to the life sentence her received for killing Teresa Vinson in Columbus, Ohio in 1997.
Harwell pleaded guilty to two counts each of involuntary manslaughter and abduction earlier this month.
After the arrest of Anthony Sowell, on whose property the remains of eleven women were found, cold case investigators in Cleveland pulled more than 70 unsolved homicides that occurred within 3 1/2 miles of Sowell’s house. DNA from the cases was run against Sowell as well as the national DNA database.
In November 2010, DNA found on Mary Thomas came back as belonging to Harwell. His file had already been flagged in 2008 when his DNA matched on Tondilear Harge.
Harwell declined the opportunity to speak in court yesterday. His attorney, Michael Shaughnessy, claimed that his client had expressed remorse.