CRAB ORCHARD (WATE) – A man has pleaded guilty to killing four people who were found shot to death in 2013 on Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County.
Jacob Bennett, 29, entered the plea deal in an effort to avoid the death penalty, which the state announced it would seek early in 2014. Bennett was charged with four counts of first degree premeditated murder, four counts of first degree felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.
The plea calls for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, pending approval of the court. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The victims, Rikki Jacobsen, Steven Presley, Domonic Davis and John Lajeunesse, were found shot to death in a car in Renegade Mountain. Bennett’s girlfriend, Brittany Moser, was also indicted on the felony murder and attempted armed robbery charges. The state is not seeking the death penalty for Moser. Her next court date is August 10.