Gwinnett man convicted of murder during truck theft


Marquavis Benton has been convicted of murdering Brian Whitfield while stealing his truck.

Benton, 28, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences following Friday’s trail. He was convicted of murder, two counts of felony murder, and one count each of armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft by taking stemming from a 2014 killing in north Gwinnett County.

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Benton and two women were attempting to rob Whitfield at gunpoint at his Auburn home on Dec. 6, 2014, when Whitfield tried to run away, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said. Benton chased Whitfield and shot him, firing “as many as five times,” the DA’s office said.

As Whitfield lay dead in his driveway, Benton and the women loaded Whitfield’s customized “Rumblebee” pickup truck with multiple guns, a television and jewelry from Whitfield’s home, the DA’s office said.

“It is clear that you have a completely callous disregard for the value of human life,” Judge George F. Hutchinson III said to Whitfield during sentencing.

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