Bennett's long criminal career started as a minor, records show

Jacob Allen Bennett, the man Cumberland County authorities say killed four people Thursday afternoon, has a long criminal history, starting when he was a minor, according to records.

Santa Rosa County authorities in Northwest Florida first charged him with three felonies in December 1999: burglary, larceny and damage to property over $1,000. Bennett was 12 at the time.

The Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office again charged him with felony larceny the following February and with damage to property in May 2001, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The records did not contain the disposition of those cases, however at some point, he was incarcerated.

In June 2002 – just before he turned 15 – the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, also in Northwest Florida, charged him with escape. He pleaded guilty.

In April 2005, Santa Rosa County authorities again picked him up for felony larceny and stolen property. He pleaded guilty and was sentence to just over a year incarceration and ordered to pay back almost $800 in restitution and $100 in court costs.

Four months into his sentence, authorities in Citrus County where he was incarcerated charged him with battery on a detention center staff member, a probation officer. He pleaded guilty and was fined almost $400.

In August 2006 – two months after his release - Escambia County authorities charged Bennett with a felony sex offense of fondling a child age 12 and age 15. He pleaded to lewd and lascivious behavior. He is not registered as a sex offender in Florida.

The following year, he was charged with battery but failed to appear in court, according to Escambia County records.

Florida state records also indicate that the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office in January 2009 issued a warrant for Bennett's arrest for "fraudulent activities."

By then, he had moved to Tennessee. Bennett, however, soon found himself in trouble again after Cumberland County authorities charged him with theft in March 2009.

In 2010, he was sentenced to six years on theft, forgery and gun possession charges.

He was released from Hardeman County Correctional Facility in early March this year. His parole was supposed to end in Jan 2015.

Bennett is 26.


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