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Steven Akers Pleads Guilty In Cover-Up Of Whitney Bennett Murder

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SOMERSET CO., Md. – 38-year-old Steven Akers was in court Tuesday morning and entered a guilty plea to an obstructing and hindering charge. He is one of the men charged in the murder of Delmar mother, Whitney Bennett. He waived his right to a trial by jury and was sentenced to a maximum of five years behind bars, all but one suspended.

He'll spend one year in the Somerset County Detention Center with a three-year supervised probation upon his release. The first two charges, accessory after the fact of first and second degree murder were dismissed as a part of the plea agreement. Akers set up surveillance cameras to monitor the grave site where 23-year-old Whitney Bennett was buried.

His step-brother William Hill was convicted in 2012 of strangling Bennett, his former girlfriend, then burying her body on the 29,000 block of Pond Run Road in the wooded area of Manokin in December of 2010. Her body was found four months later in April of 2011. Hill was sentenced to life behind bars, without the chance of parole. Claude Hill, his father was convicted of accessory to murder -after the fact and sentenced to five years in prison for helping Will bury the body.

Disappointment from family members of the slain mother of three after learning Akers will spend just one year behind bars for his involvement in the cover-up of Whitney's murder.

"We're really disgusted because he should have got the five years. We just want to have it over, but it doesn't mean any justice as far as I'm concerned," Whitney's father Franklin Bennett said.

But Akers showed no signs of remorse as he was taken away in handcuffs. Whitney's mother Robin Bennett gave powerful and tearful testimony, calling the Hill family "psychos," and saying "The Hill family took my only child, and him and his whole family covered it up. They will pay in some type of way for what they have done to my family and Whitney's children."

"My wife has been having a really hard time. After the Will Hill case, she had a stroke like three days after. And now she's got a lot of health problems. I've got health problems. We miss our daughter a lot. We love her," Franklin Bennett said.

Just last week, a small victory after Governor Martin O' Malley signed the Sheddy-Bennett Act, which would double the charge for an accessory to first and second degree murder from five years to ten. But that doesn't take effect until October. The family says, it still doesn't ease the pain.

"There ain't never been no closure for us. Never. We really miss her, especially on the holidays. It's really hard on us," Franklin Bennett said.

Whitney Bennett leaves behind three young children, an eight-year-old son, a four-year-old daughter and three-year-old daughter. 




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