Lenny Benguche Gets 10 years for Shooting Ex-Girlfriend Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Lenny Bennett Benguche, 27, is now serving a ten-year sentence after he was convicted of maim on Friday, February 21.

On January 29, 2008, 21-year-old Christina Zetina was shot in the left foot by Benguche while riding her bicycle in Ladyville Village. Benguche is Zetina’s ex-boyfriend and she was in the company of her new boyfriend, Kareem Young, at the time of the shooting. Five months after the injury, Zetina’s leg had to be amputated due to an infection. Benguche was arrested and charged with attempted murder and maim. In June 2010, a 9-member jury found him not guilty of attempted murder but they were deadlocked on the charge of maim. Therefore, a retrial was ordered for the charge of maim.

His retrial started on February 18 before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Benguche’s trial lasted for four days before a jury of nine deliberated for a little more than five hours and found him guilty of maim on Friday, February 21. In mitigation plea on Friday, February 28, Benguche showed remorse saying, “I am sorry for what happened.” His girlfriend, Samantha Mendez, pleaded for leniency on his behalf. She told the court that she has been in a relationship with Benguche for the past two years and she hopes that he will be given the opportunity to get home soon. She said she misses him so much and that he has always been a nice person.

In handing down the 10-year sentence, Justice Gonzalez told Benguche that while he took into consideration the fact that he showed remorse and has no previous conviction for similar offenses, he also must take into consideration the damage caused to the quality of life of the victim, who lost a leg at a very young age. Justice Gonzalez was lenient in his sentence. Benguche was facing the possibility of a 20-year sentence.