Anthony Bennett, the 22-year-old Mount Pleasant man who pleaded guilty to killing four-year-old Carnel Chamberlain in 2012, will be sentenced in Federal Court on Thursday in Bay City.
Police found Chamberlain’s body partially burned and buried under the boy’s home in June 2012. Bennett pleaded guilty in December to a second-degree murder charge.
Defense attorney John Shea is expected to ask U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington to allow Bennett to serve no more than 35 years in prison as part of the plea deal.
Bennett was babysitting Chamberlain on June 21, 2012, the day of the murder. The boy was reported missing that day. After a search of the area near the boy’s home that lasted seven days, Chamberlain’s body was found by police on June 28, 2012.
At the time of Chamberlain’s murder, Bennett was living with the child’s mother at the home they shared.
Bennett’s case falls into federal court jurisdiction because the crime occurred on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation.
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