September 15, 2010

Teenage girl who killed gang member seeks probation break

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Filed under : Gang News


Attorneys for Ashley Benton are seeking early termination of probation for the teenage girl who fatally stabbed a gang leader during a melee in Montrose in 2006.

Benton, now 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in December 2007 after a two-week murder trial ended with a hung jury. She received five years of deferred adjudication.

If approved, her attorneys’ request could mean she would be free of court-imposed restrictions as early as December. She would have served two years of probation.

If she lands back in trouble before then, state District Judge Kevin Fine could sentence her to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Benton stabbed Gabriel Granillo, a leader of the well-known gang, MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, with a double-bladed knife during a gang fight.

The question jurors had to decide was whether Granillo was swinging the bat at Benton or running away. Prosecutors said it was murder. Benton’s attorneys said it was self-defense.

Harris County Assistant District Attorney Mia Magness, who prosecuted the case, confirmed the filing but would not say whether prosecutors would oppose the motion.

A hearing on the request is scheduled for Thursday.

4 Comments so far ...

1. pookie

they should let the girl out

Comment on September 17, 2010 01:50 am
2. queen b

shes lucky it wasnt a latin king or her and her whole family would be destroyed

Comment on August 29, 2011 12:12 am
3. Pete

Wow, this truely proves that if you are white -you will only do less time -self defense /murder=she took a life and she should be held responsible for her action -if this was the mexican kid alive and benton ws killed-the mexican kid would have been on death row/this case need to be reopen

Comment on December 12, 2011 12:45 am
4. Mario marroquin

This is not right hopefully one day she pays for Gabriel death. This was not enough she should be in jail right now paying her crime. Where are the laws in this country?!

Comment on December 22, 2014 11:17 pm
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