Broadwater Man Charged With Killing His Father Takes Plea Deal


A Broadwater man charged with the fatal shooting of his father last August has accepted a plea agreement.

32-year old Joseph Bennett faces 20-years to life when he’s sentenced July 3rd on a single count of 2nd-degree murder in the death of 57-year old Rodney Bennett. 

The plea agreement was reached earlier this week after the younger Bennett was found competent to stand trial.

He entered a guilty plea on Tuesday to the amended charge, reduced from the initial count of 1st-degree murder. 

Court documents show Bennett shot his father during a family dispute August 8th at Bennett’s grandmother’s home in the Broadwater area. 

The grandmother called 911 about 6:30 in the afternoon to report the shooting. Morrill County Sheriff’s deputies responded, found Rodney Bennett dead, and took Joseph Bennett into custody. 

An arrest affidavit says Joseph Bennett told deputies his father was drunk and that they were arguing when the shooting occurred. Authorities found a revolver at the scene and 2 spent shell casings.