Montgomery County man sentenced to life in prison for quadruple murder

PARSONS, Kan. (AP/KWCH) A Montgomery County man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for capital murder.

David Cornell Bennett Jr., 26, pleaded guilty in December 2017 in Labette County District Court to capital murder and three counts of first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the November 2013 deaths of Cami Umbarger and her three minor children in Parsons.

As part of the plea agreement, Schmidt withdrew the state’s notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the case.

Under Kansas law, Bennett received the only other sentence authorized for capital murder, life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Jack sentenced Bennett to three additional consecutive life sentences for each first degree premeditated murder count.

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A former Montgomery County man pleaded guilty to killing a southeast Kansas woman and her three children in 2013.

The Kansas Attorney General's office said 26-year-old David Cornell Bennett Jr, formerly of Cherryvale, pleaded guilty Monday to capital murder and three counts of first-degree premeditated murder.

As part of the plea deal, the state withdrew its notice to seek the death penalty against Bennett.

Bennett pleaded guilty in the November 2013 deaths of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her three minor children in Parsons.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing in October 2014 indicated the victims were strangled. Testimony indicated Bennett repeatedly tried to contact Umbarger after they met at a club in Independence.

He will be sentenced Feb. 16. His only possible sentence is life in prison without parole.