Wife disappears after honeymoon at sea
Woman disappears after her honeymoon at sea and her husband has been sentence by a federal judge to eight years
in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
Lewis Bennett, 42, Her husband apologized to her family during a Tuesday hearing before U.S District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami.
He waived his right to appeal.
Bennett is being charge with murder, with investigators saying he intentionally tries to sink the boat, but later dropped the charges.
“It’s not because I expect that he will commit this crime again,” Judge Moreno says “Sentencing is for punishment.”
Before the judge made his decision, Bennett, a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom, Requested that the judge let him go so that he could could to raise his daughter,
who was an infant when the mother vanished. The baby is being raised by his parents in scotland and by July Emelia Bennett will turn 3.
Bennett says “If you may permit me to be with my daughter as soon as possible,”I want to bring her up in a manner that is respectful to my wife’s wishes.” But the judge agreed with the prosecutors , choosing eight years in prison as the sentence.
A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office says Bennett had experience sailing,including training on emergency procedures and had previously traveled from St. Marteen to Australia.
Bennett’s wife a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Cuba, had not trained in emergency sailing procedures and had less experience, says prosecutors.
Benneth and his wife had been together for three months
when they set sail to St. Marteen, Puerto Rico and Cuba for a delayed honeymoon in late April.
He didn’t require her to wear a life jacket, harness or personal locator, prosecutors said in the statement.
After they left cuba on May 14, Bennett ask Hellman to take over take over control of the boat
for the night, So he could go rest in the boat’s cabin, according to court documents.
He woke up when there was a noise and Hellman was missing
Bennett “did not search for her diligently enough despite him being an experienced sailor.” says Assistant U.S. attorney Kurt Lunkenheimer on Tuesday.
Wife disappears after honeymoon