A Chattanooga man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for possessing a gun as a convicted felon.
District Judge Sandy Mattice handed 28-year-old Keyonta Bentley his sentence after hearing arguments from his attorney, Jackson Whetsel, and prosecuting attorney Chris Poole.
Attorney Whetsel asked Judge Mattice to consider the circumstances of the arrest. While the police were alerted due to a report of gunshots, he said there was no evidence that Bentley was the one shooting the gun.
In fact, the a bullet was found on the outside of his van, suggesting Bentley was actually the victim of a crime, it was stated. Whetsel argued that it should just be considered a status offense.
The defense attorney did admit that his client has a long criminal history. However, he made sure to point out that Bentley only has one felony conviction out of his many convictions.
Lastly, attorney Whetsel spoke of Bentley’s ambition. Bentley hopes to work on his GED while in prison, so he can work in a trade when his sentence runs out.
The prosecution had no problems with the plea agreement, as they said that Bentley was very cooperative throughout the arrest and process.
So, after hearing attorney Whetsel’s defense and the prosecutor’s non-argument, Judge Mattice agreed to the plea agreement of 51 months and probation.
Bentley will also be required to undergo drug treatment and a mental evaluation.
“Good luck to you, Mr. Bentley,” said Judge Mattice.