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Bainbridge teen claims insanity, pleads not guilty to murder

January 20, 2018

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — An 18-year-old Bainbridge Island man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Friday to the murder of a 71-year-old Sequim woman who was like a grandmother to him.

KOMO-TV reports Benjamin Bonner pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Friday in the death of Cynthia Little.

Clallam County Superior Court documents say he beat Little to death with a fireplace poker on May 3, 2017, as she repeatedly told him, “I love you.”

Little let Bonner spend that night at her home after he allegedly drove there. Court documents say he killed her after she confronted him about taking his adoptive parents’ car without permission.

The Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office says Bonner will be sent to Western State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Bonner last month wrote a letter to the court apologizing for the pain he inflicted on the community.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/