The Punishment Phase of the Brent Benefield Delayed until Monday Afternoon

Published 01/27 2014 12:34PM

Updated 01/27 2014 12:37PM

The punishment phase in the trial of a man convicted of causing fatal injuries to his four month old son is recessed until this afternoon.
On Friday a 30th District Court jury found Brent Benefield guilty of injury to a child causing the February 2012 death of his four month old son, Lucas.
They also found him guilty of continuous violence against his ex-wife, Sara Price.
The punishment phase of the trial was suppose to start at 10:30 a.m. at the Wichita County Courthouse but did not because a jury member had to go to the hospital.
Officials don't know the severity of the jury member's illness or injury so Judge Bob Brotherton called for proceedings to reconvene at 1:30 p.m.
Benefield decided to have the jury decide his punishment.
According to Prosecutor John Gillespie, the maximum sentence Benefield could receive is 30 years in prison-- 20 years for injury to a child that that resulted in the death of his infant son, Lucas and 10 years for continuous violence against his ex-wife.

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