Legal activist says if judge saw Christopher Bennett’s psychological assessment the sentence might have been different
Janet, a legal activist who says she has worked in the criminal justice reform system for 25 years, says she thinks the sentence in Christopher Bennett’s case is “absolutely ridiculous.” “One of the most important things I saw that should have been used in Chris’ defense was his psychological assessment,” Janet said. “If that psychological assessment had been brought up, I feel like his whole sentence would have been completely different.” Bennett was sentenced to 1,800 years in prison at the age of 18 after admitting to shooting his stepfather, Vincent, in the head when he claimed to have seen him assault his younger sister. “I absolutely believe that because of who Vincent was – he was a government employee, he came from an upper middle class family in the area – and I think that has a lot to do with the reason Chris was given such a heavy sentence, “says Janet, who has vowed to help the family fight for Bennett’s freedom. Dr Phil reads excerpts from Bennett’s psychological assessment in the video above. In Monday’s episode, “‘Our Brother Killed Our Father And Saved Our Lives,'” listen to Bennett’s two younger sisters who claim they were sexually assaulted by their father from age age 3. Plus, Dr. Phil conducts an exclusive phone interview with Bennett in prison. Check out local listings to see where you can look. WATCH: Woman says she has night terrors about her father getting her assaulted as a child until he was shot and killed TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Are Are you involved in a story that makes the headlines?