World War II veteran, Delbert Benton, was brutally killed after being beaten to death by two teenagers. Benton was simply sitting in his car while waiting on a friend outside of a pool hall when the attack occurred.
In an attempt to rob Benton, sixteen-year-old Demetrius Glenn and his accomplice, Kenan Adams-Kinard, savagely beat the 88-year-old veteran. Benton's injuries led to his death the following day in a local hospital.
Benton fought in the Battle of Okinawa. Even after taking a bullet to the leg, Benton kept on fighting. Many of his close friends lovingly referred to him as "Shorty".
Demetrius Glenn has recently pleaded guilty to the murder and now faces at least 16 years in prison. His partner, Kenan Adams-Kinard, also pleaded guilty and faces at least 20 years in prison.
When the teens were initially brought in for questioning they made the alleged claim that the incident was a drug deal gone bad. The teens insisted that they were trying to buy crack cocaine off of Benton. Authorities quickly dismissed this claim as false.
One of Benton's nephews heartbrokenly shared,
“Uncle Delbert was brutally and savagely beaten to the point they couldn’t put his face back together...This was not a beating. This was exceptionally cruel.”
Ted Denison was a close friend of Benton's.
Denison told reporters,
“He was always there for me when I needed him...I thought of him more as a dad than I did a friend really.”
After the news of the horrific incident began to circulate, controversy in the local community grew.
During the trial, a white supremacist group known as the Aryan Brotherhood, even placed a $10,000 bounty on the two teens heads. Naturally this forced the court to strengthen security exponentially.
Although justice was carried out, Benton's will likely never heal from this tremendous loss.
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