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Bennett Sentenced to 25 Years

Mugshot of Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett was found guilty of Burglary of a Habitation after a two day trial held in the Leon County Courtroom. District Judge Michael Davis presided over the trial that began October 28th, and ended October 29th with the six man six woman jury finding the defendant guilty.

The same jury returned to the courtroom on the morning of October 30th, to complete the punishment phase of the trial. The jurors heard an appeal from Attorney Raymond Sanders who asked the jurors for leniency for his client. And from Leon District Attorney Hope Knight who asked for a 50 year sentence.

The jury returned just before noon and rendered their decision for punishment and recommended 25 years in the Texas Department of Corrections. Judge Davis agreed with the jury's decision. Bennett, who has prior criminal convictions and was serving on a probation in another county, was visibly shaken with the sentencing.

In testimony from Leon County Lieutenant Wayne Sallee, jurors learned that Bennett and a companion were passing through Leon County when they decided to enter a home and building on property just outside of Centerville. A neighbor saw suspicious activity and notified the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Sallee said that Thomas Netschmann, the companion with Bennett, was arrested at the scene, but Bennett was able to flee the scene. Later Bennett pawned a stolen guitar at the EZ Pawn Shop in Dallas, and Sallee was able to recover that guitar which led to the arrest of Bennett. Other items were found in a neighbor's yard.

Bennett's prior convictions include Assault of a Public Servant, Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, and Tampering with Evidence.