Bennett Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to Life in Prison

by Wes Mayer - wes@newnan.com

alt

David Bennett, 49, was indicted in December on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, kidnapping, five counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


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.



More Local

Special observance planned at NHS

Newnan High School has partnered with the Department of Defense (DOD) in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and will be h ... Read More


Suspect nabbed in woods

Meth, bath salts dealer arrested

A man suspected of distributing an odd mixture of methamphetamine and bath salts was arrested by Coweta County authorities after he attempte ... Read More


Pre-kindergarten registration starts on Monday

Registration for pre-kindergarten classes will start Monday at schools in Coweta County. “Parents who wish to secure a spot for their ... Read More


Transportation funding bill passes House

‘It’s killing our county, Absolutely killing us’ By Sarah Fay Campbell sarah@newnan.com The transportation funding bill th ... Read More


School system monitoring roads for black ice Friday

With cold temperatures sweeping in after rainy weather today, Coweta County students were sent home with a note to parents warning of possib ... Read More

Coweta Commission

Fire department to provide limited EMS

The Coweta County Fire Department will officially take over Coweta’s emergency medical services on May 1, but starting this week, fire ... Read More