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Niagara Falls man sentenced to life in prison for killing man and woman in May 2020

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 15:00:49-05

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Niagara Falls man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a man and woman in May 2020.

The Niagara County District Attorney's Office announced Billy Benton Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Brian Harris and Sonia Hamilton in May 2020. He also received a sentence of 40 years in connection to an unrelated shooting in January 2020.

Benton Jr. was found guilty of murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in November 2021.

The brutality of these crimes, and the extreme danger that this defendant poses to the public, warrant this result. This sentence ensures that Billy Benton will never again be free to victimize anybody else.
- Niagara County District Attorney Brian Seaman