Bennett Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to Life in Prison
by Wes Mayer - email@example.com
David Bennett, the man accused of nearly beating his girlfriend to death, was sentenced to life in prison today after he pleaded guilty to four of his nine charges.
Bennett was scheduled to begin his trial before Coweta County Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer on Tuesday, but opted to plead guilty to the charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, kidnapping, terroristic threats and acts and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bennett was also charged with five counts of aggravated assault, but those were merged with the attempted murder charge.
In February 2013, Bennett beat his girlfriend, Nicole Hernane, using two different baseball bats. Hernane suffered from multiple injuries and barely survived the attack, and she was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center where she underwent multiple surgeries. Bennett was arrested while driving in Atlanta the day after the assault, and he was still wearing clothing covered in Hernane’s blood.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robert Mooradian and Bennett’s defense council was Public Defender Rick Samper. After making sure Bennett understood what he was doing by pleading guilty, Palmer sentenced him to life in prison for the charge of kidnapping, with 30 additional years to run concurrently for attempted murder, with five more years each for the charges of terroristic threats and possession of a firearm to run concurrently after that.
For more on this story, look in Wednesday’s print and digital editions of The Newnan Times-Herald.