TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 22, 2018
A Sevier County man who took his father-in-law’s Social Security benefits for six years after leaving the man’s body on the side of a road was sentenced to nearly twice the recommended sentencing guidelines for his crimes, Knoxnews reports. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Phillips called the actions of Ricky James Bennefield “disturbing and beyond imagination.” Bennefield pleaded guilty to the crime, and admitted to dumping the body of his father-in-law in a makeshift grave during a family trip to Florida in 2010. The man’s body has never been recovered.