Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mother of murder victim gives victim impact statement at killer’s sentencing

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Prior to the sentencing of an Adelanto man who killed Bennett Warner after slamming his vehicle into him and pinning him against another vehicle, the victim’s mother, Vickie Turman, was present in court. The following victim impact statement was made to the court (excerpted):

Let me start with, I don’t think a parent should outlive any of their children. In 2017, you took my only son. He was 40 years old. My son Bennett… had a heart of gold. If he liked you, he would do anything for you. When he would call me, when I answered the phone, he would say, “Hello Mother.” I will never hear him say those words again. My son liked everyone he met and tried to help everyone he met. When I first heard my son was killed, I wanted to hate you, but I can’t. To hate someone takes a lot of work. I don’t think you are worth it. My wish is that for the rest of your life, however long that may be, that you have to think about what you did to my son. I wonder if now, or if ever, you will feel remorse for what you did… I feel bad for your family, because in a sense they too have lost a son. The big difference is they can talk to you on the phone or visit you in prison. When I talk to my son or visit, he is in a box. No matter what he did, or what you think he did, my son did not deserve what you did to him. You killed part of my very soul when you killed him. Rest in peace my precious son, Bennett. I love you.

In May 2017, 40-year-old Bennett Warner was riding his bicycle when he was struck by 23-year-old Raymundo Alberto Rodriguez-Cordova. Video surveillance and testimony presented at trial determined Rodriguez-Cordova accelerated his vehicle, and intentionally rammed Warner with his pick-up truck, pinning him into a parked vehicle.

In Nov. 2017, a jury found Rodriguez-Cordova guilty of murder. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Casey Cunningham with the assistance of Victim Advocate Denise Hanes and Desert-Mountain Division support staff.

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