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Man gets 14 years for armed robbery while on probation

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Paul King Bennett III, 25 was sentenced for several charges including armed robbery, armed burglary, conspiracy, use of a firearm, wearing a mask, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Bennett was sentenced to 52 years with 39 years suspended, leaving 13 years to serve.

Officials say when the crimes were committed, he was on court-ordered “good behavior” for Burglary, Maliciously Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle, and Petit Larceny from a March 2007 sentencing.

The new convictions were violations of his “good behavior” period and he was sentenced to an additional year in prison.

Officials say according to evidence, at about 4 a.m. on October 16, 2009, Bennett and two others broke into a home on Salina Drive in Virginia Beach wearing gloves and masks.

They say a pregnant woman and her 5-year-old daughter were home at the time.

Officials say one of the other suspects pointed a shotgun at the woman and demanded money and valuables.

As they ransacked the home, the child woke up, and one of the other suspects pointed the shotgun at her.

Officials say the suspects left with a television, laptop, jewelry, cell phone and a handgun.

Two suspects were outside acting as look outs during the robbery.

Eventually all five suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

Bennett’s co-conspirators pleaded guilty and were sentenced.