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Woman Shot, Boyfriend Arrested

Posted July 18, 2007

— A woman was listed in critical condition Wednesday night after she was shot at her house in Johnston County, authorities said.

Sheriff’s officials arrested the woman's boyfriend, James Todd Benson, 31, who lived in the house with her. The woman's name has not been released.

The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. at 1649 Strickland Crossroads Road near Four Oaks, officials said. The woman was taken to Johnston Memorial and then airlifted to Duke Medical Center.

Benson was being held in the Johnston County Jail on $500,000 bond, officials said.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting a serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacturing of marijuana.

His status as a felon stems from a 2004 conviction in Johnston County for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • The DA Jul 19, 2007

    Our corrections system let this perv out to do his crime again. If prison hadn't been such a great vacation, he might would have remembered he would go back for assaulting someone again. I work in the DOC and these guys don't mind being here. They don't have any responsibilities. Instead of giving them time on the yard, they need to give them time in the hole with constant propoganda about what their crime is and the effects on others. We can call it rehabilitation if that will make our politicians, who listen to the ACLU and NAACP, for permission on how to handle inmates.

  • casp3r Jul 19, 2007

    Nancy= You hit the nail on the head on that one. I still believe his nice truck has something to do with it also.lol

  • Nancy Jul 19, 2007

    "I wonder what he has that the woman still kept him after the previous serious conviction!"

    Sadly, some women who call the cops in an abusive barrage by their 'significant other' or spouse turn on the cops when they go to arrest the offender.

    Ask some of these women WHY they stay in an abusive situation, some will even answer "I know he loves me".

    They have zero self esteem - they have no self worth at all. And for some, fear of the unknown (where will they go, how will they support their kids etc) keeps them right where they are, being abused repeatedly.

  • casp3r Jul 19, 2007

    rafiki= I bet he has a nice truck lol..

  • rafiki Jul 19, 2007

    I wonder what he has that the woman still kept him after the previous serious conviction!

  • GAP PERSON Jul 19, 2007

    I will see this man soon. I work for DOC and I am looking forward to seeing this inmate again.

  • Adelinthe Jul 19, 2007

    "Sean "James Bond" Connery says you need to slap a woman every now and then to keep her in line." So who keeps the men in line then??? That's the problem with this ignorant statement.

    There's nothing funny about this story. A woman has been seriously injured by someone who apparently claimed to love her. Do you know what that means to a person? It literally tears them apart inside, bit by bit.

    Am praying for justice and for the victim to heal, inside and out.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 19, 2007

    Animal Lover, you might have the right story . . . .

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 19, 2007

    PikeMom, my wife asked me to get married. Told her I would think about it. She hit me after that. Happy marriage for many years :)

  • CestLaVie Jul 19, 2007

    Sorry - wrong story about recommended castration!!