Originally created 01/24/04

Woman to serve two years in beating of son



A woman whom authorities accused of beating her 7-year-old son with an extension cord will spend the next two years in prison, a judge ordered Friday.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced Angelina Yvette Bennett, 27, to two years in prison and three years on probation on a single count of cruelty to children in the first degree.

Her defense attorney, Leon Larke, told Judge Fleming that police accused Ms. Bennett of whipping her son, Tre-vaughn Burton, with the electrical cord.

"She thought she was doing the right thing, but she overreacted and lost her temper," Mr. Larke said.

He said that Trevaughn had not been bringing progress report notes home to his mother, and Ms. Bennett had gotten word from his school about those notes before the incident happened.

Mr. Larke said that his client lost custody of her son because of an intervention by the Department of Family and Children Services, but that she had completed government requirements such as a psychological evaluation, anger management and parenting classes.

Before Judge Fleming issued Ms. Bennett's sentence, Ms. Bennett pleaded with her family and her son's father's family not to argue. But both sides started arguing before Judge Fleming issued his sentence.

Judge Fleming rejected Mr. Larke's request to give Ms. Bennett first offender probation. First offender probation would have allowed Ms. Bennett to have the conviction erased upon successful completion of probation.

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