Man indicted for burglarizing home during funeral service

Jerry Benton

A Parker County grand jury indicted Jerry Alton Benton, 26, of Fort Worth, on Nov. 21 for burglary of habitation after he robbed the home of a woman while she was at a funeral service.

A Willow Park police sergeant was dispatched to the home in the 700 block of Queensway Road in Willow Park on Oct. 3 in regards to a burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit. The sergeant met with the resident and her friend, who explained that the home was burglarized while they were at her father’s funeral service. The suspect had entered the unlocked garage, entered the home and took collectible coins, cash and a handgun.

The two women told the sergeant that Benton brought the friend to the resident’s home on Queensway Road so they could both attend the funeral. Benton told the resident he would lock the door for them as they left.

Later, a neighbor was able to describe the suspect and the vehicle to which the victim said fit Benton and the vehicle he drove, according to the affidavit. The stolen handgun holster — which belonged to the victim’s deceased father — was located inside a vehicle Benton was driving.

Benton was arrested on Oct. 10 and charged with burglary of habitation.

“Mr. Benton is indicted for the offense of burglary of a habitation, which is a second degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine,” Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said. “His case was assigned to the 415th District Court, Judge Graham Quisenberry presiding. He is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 3 and his case should reach the trial docket on March 30, 2020.”

Benton is being held in the Parker County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Others indicted on Nov. 21 include:

• Aaron Chase Cobb, possession of a controlled substance, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams.

• Melissa Ann Davis, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Jeffrey Floyd Earls, injury to child/elderly/disabled with intent of bodily injury.

• Jacob Isaiah Escobedo, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Brandon Scott Fuller, assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation, and continuous violence against the family.

• Gregory Alan Kline, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Claudia Jesenia Lopez, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Donald Jay Pryor, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Randy Doyle Reynolds, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Terry Lynn Teague, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Frederick Thomas, Jr., possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Sharrod LoJaune Tollette, aggravated assault of a date/family/household member with a weapon and assault of family/household member by impeding breath or circulation.

• Joshua William Verhovshek, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Nathan Victor York, continuous violence against the family.

• Thomas Ephrim, forgery of financial instrument.

• My-Linda Lynn Henderson, possession of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Billy Wade Higgins, theft of materials — aluminum, bronze, copper, brass — less than $20,000.

• Frank David Mendoza, Jr., possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Lisa Ann Miller, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Kimberly Marie Nakoneczny, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• David Prado, assault of family/household member with previous conviction.

• Jami Rodden, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Louis Dee Rodden, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Amber Nicole Stephens, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Kody Bryar Turner, unauthorized use of a vehicle.

• Antonio Songvilay, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Isaiah Micheal Williams, continuous violence against the family. 

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