Shawn Bentler was convicted of killing his family by a State District Judge. In his 35 minute statement, the Judge stated that Bentler’s alibi did not hold up, as the timeline would allow for him to had been able to committ the crime. He also stated as strong evidence the 911 call by his sister (which is heartbreaking to hear). He also said that even if the lights were off, his mother and sisters would not have mis-identified him. Personally, I was amazed that he would have even said that was possible. To me, that says his relationship with them was not as good as he said, if he thought that they would think someone else was him. Just does not ring true to me either. For me, the 911 call did it. I cannot imagine the terror his sister felt while on that call. Imagine the last person you ever saw being your killer, and that it was your brother, who professed to love you so much. I can only imagine how much anger and hate Shawn had to have inside of him to have killed each member of his family as they begged for their lives, from another member of their own family, one that they all loved so much. And for what? Money? From everything I have read, his parents continually helped him out as it was. I am sure if he needed money, they would have helped. But maybe (and I am only speculating here as I do not know him) his greed was greater than just the day to day stuff. But, was it worth it? I don’t think so. Shawn, your family did not deserve this.
He now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole at his sentencing, which is June 19th. (I believe that Iowa has the death penalty, so I am not sure why they are not seeking it).
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