On Thursday November 13, 2014, Defendant Brandon McCabe who attempted to murder Phoenix Police Officer Peter ‘Chris’ Bennett on January 6, 2013 was sentenced in Judge Karen Mullins courtroom. Prior to sentencing, Judge Mullins heard impact statements. Aside from officer Bennett and his mother, statements were given by PLEA Vice President Ken Crane, Chief Garcia and the State’s prosecutor. After hearing from all sides on the matter, to include numerous letters of support sent in on officer Bennett’s behalf, Judge Mullins handed down the following sentence:
Count 1, Attempted first degree murder: 31 years
Count 2, Aggravated assault: 31 years
Count 3, Misconduct involving weapons: 10 years
Count 4, Resisting arrest: 3.75 years
Count 5, Criminal trespass: 3.75 years
Judge Mullins further ordered that counts 2-5 would run concurrently and that counts 1 and 2 would run consecutively. The defendant was also granted credit for 673 days already spent in pre-trial confinement.
Officer Bennett’s side of the courtroom was filled to capacity. PLEA would like to thank all of the officers who took the time to show up to support Officer Bennett.