Surgoinsville man pleads guilty in connection to freezing death of teen

Preston Harrison Bentley (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A Surgoinsville man pleaded guilty last week to criminally negligent homicide in the death of a teenager who investigators say was left in a drunken state on a porch where he froze to death in November 2013.

Preston Bentley pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of 18-year-old Jimmy Turner-Cradic, whose body was found by Church Hill police the day after Thanksgiving in 2013.

 Jimmy Turner-Cradic
Jimmy Turner-Cradic

Police said Bentley gave alcohol to the teenager and left him on a porch that night. Turner-Cradic’s blood alcohol content was 0.19 percent, according to an autopsy.

Besides the homicide charge, Bentley pleaded guilty to two counts of purchasing intoxicating liquor for a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He was sentenced to one year in prison for the homicide charge and given 11 months and 29 days on each of the other charges.

All charges were ordered to be served concurrently. Bentley would be eligible for release from prison after serving 30 percent of his sentence.

He was also assessed $450 in fines.

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