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Michael Benton's Jail Calls


Mother:  "If you go down for this, I hope you take Jesse with ya                      because if you were involved in this I know it was Jesse                  that took you there."

Benton:  “No, it wasn’t”

No, it wasn'tMichael Benton
00:00 / 00:43


Like Vrooman, Benton knew he could use Jesse as leverage to negotiate a lighter sentence and his parents encouraged him despite knowing Jesse had nothing to do with it.

Note: Prosecutors had to disclose an arrangement they made for Michael Benton to have a contact visit with his parents before his December 12, 2007 negotiation proffer session.  Prosecutors were vague about the date.  (27553)


Benton: “Well I let him know that I don’t appreciate being dicked around by f**king ah, whoever’s calling the shots here, you know? ‘Cause I’ve been nothing but f**king more than lenient to f**king everything that they’ve asked for.”

Father: “Well, it sounded like you were backing out of everything that was offered.”

Michael Benton
00:00 / 03:35


Father: I was thinking last night after I talked to you, you know, if they want to keep bouncing you around, have them take a f**king year off your time, two years off your sentence, three years off your sentence. You know what I’m saying?

Benton: Yup.

Father:  You want to make it worth my while? Okay, knock some f**king time off.

You’re the one that’s sticking your f**king neck out, you know?

Benton: Yeah, exactly. 

Father: You’re the one that’s got to be bounced around and put in the f**king hole for 6 months to a year. Take some time off

my sentence and I’ll be glad to go. You know what I’m saying?

Benton: Yeah, exactly. 

Father: Bring it down to 15 years. I’m almost gonna put these a**holes in the f**king electric chair for you a**holes. You know?

Benton: Yeah, exactly. 

Father: Especially Jesse - You’re the only one that’s gonna be able to get f**king Jesse.

Benton: Yup. Yup.

Father: You’re the only one he talked to, so...

Benton: Yup...

Father: You want some f**king help? I want help too...!

Benton: Yeah, exactly. 

Father: You want me to move? I’ll move, you’re gonna knock off about 5 years off my time. 

Benton: Exactly.

Michael Benton
00:00 / 01:15

Michael Benton’s Mother

“You f**ked up one more time.”

"You f**ked up one more time."
00:00 / 00:11
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