As Jacob Allen Bennett stands accused for the deaths... of four individuals on Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County in September 2013, Bennett is no stranger to law enforcement not only in Tennessee but in Florida as well. It should be noted that the co-defendant Brittany Moser also stands accused of felony murder and robbery with Bennett. Moser has no criminal record.
1987 – Jacob Allen Bennett born in Jacksonville
1999 – Bennett is arrested by Santa Rosa County, Florida authorities on three felonies at the age of 12 years old. Charges were larceny, burglary and vandalism over $1,000.
2001 – Bennett (now age 14) charged in Santa Rosa County, Florida on felony larceny and damage to property
2005 – Bennett (now 18 years old) Charged in Santa Rosa County, Florida with felony larceny and possession of stolen property. Pled guilty and was given one year to serve and ordered to pay $800 restitution.
2005 – Bennett charged with felony battery of a Citrus County, Florida detention officer where he was being held for the April 2005 guilty plea. Pled guilty and fined $500
2006 – Just two months after his release from past sentence, Bennett is charged by Escambia County, Florida authorities with felony fondling of a child ages 12 to 15. Pled guilty to lewd and lascivious behavior but was not required to register as a sex offender in Florida.
2009 – Bennett charged by Santa Rosa County, Florida for fraudulent activities. Bennett leaves the state and relocates in Cumberland County, Tennessee in Crab Orchard area to live with grandmother.
2009 – In same month he arrives, Bennett is charged with theft over $1,000 for stealing a 2003 Jeep from a Renegade Mountain resident. Bennett is arrested in Carter County, Tennessee on the warrant taken out by Cumberland County authorities.
2009 – State of Florida charges Bennett with theft under $1,000 and issues a hold on him if arrested (this is important to extradition case….Bennett would be arrested numerous times leading up to the Renegade Mountain murders yet Florida would not come get him once he was jailed in Tennessee)
2009 – Bennett arrested in Cumberland County for warrants out of Santa Rosa County, Florida for fraudulent use of credit cards more than 2 times and 3 counts of larceny of credit cards
2009 – Bennett charged with probation violation in Cumberland County, Tennessee for failing to report to his probation officer. Judge David Patterson revokes Bennett’s probation and orders him to serve remainder of sentence in jail.
2009 – Bennett indicted by Fentress County, Tennessee grand jury on theft over $500 for stealing a rifle, rings, coins and checks from a Fentress County couple. Bennett pleads guilty and gets a two year sentence to serve at 30 percent.
2009 – Bennett indicted against by the Fentress County, Tennessee grand jury on theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, attempted theft, attempted solicitation or sexual exploitation of a minor and exploitation of a minor. He pleads to three counts and gets another 2 years to serve.
2009 – Bennett steals check from a Fentress County home and cashes check in Crossville. Officers take out warrant but unable to locate Bennett.
2010 – Bennett waives presentment of a case for forgery involving checks taken in Fentress County. Pleads guilty to theft and forgery charges and gets two years to serve.
2010-2011 – Bennett disciplined in court five times for failing to report and for possession of contraband. His probation was revoked in March 2010 and he was sent to the Morgan County Correctional Complex and later to the South Central Correctional Facility. Later he would complete his sentence in Hardaman County where he remained until he was paroled in March 2013
2013, September 12 – Bennett along with Moser charged with four counts of premeditated murder, four counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated robbery after four people were shot and killed in a car on Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County, Tennessee.
According to records, Bennett was arrested or appeared in court nearly a dozen times with a hold from Florida in place. However, Florida authorities decide not to extradite Bennett. Florida prosecutors say the hold was on a charge of theft and if Bennett was extradited back, it was a high probability that he would have bonded out soon after his arrival. According to Florida law enforcement, a typical extradition from eastern Tennessee to the northwestern panhandle of Florida would cost Florida around $500 to $800. Therefor Florida officials chose not to extradite Jacob Bennett.
Bennett now sits in the Morgan County Correctional Facility awaiting trial in Cumberland County. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty if Bennett is convicted of the quadruple murders.