Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2nd Plea deal in Cutten Murder

Gunman pleads guilty to Cutten murder
The second suspect in the killing of a Cutten man accepted a plea deal this morning from the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office with an agreed term of 50 years to life in prison.
Jonathan Henry Watson, 30, pleaded guilty to first degree murder with a firearm enhancement.
Watson and Jason Leon Belles, 31, were on trial for the robbery and killing of Garrett Benson on Dec. 3, 2008. Belles pleaded guilty to reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter, transporting more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale as part of a plea deal on July 28, which together carry a term of seven years and eight months.
Watson and Belles will both be sentenced on Aug. 21.


  1. 50 years to life, not a bad plea. Will he do 85% of the 50 years or only 50%? That's the big question.

  2. what happened to the dope grower that shot up the McKinleyville neighborhood and marijuana thief ?


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