Overton man sentenced for killing grandmother

LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A young Overton County man who confessed to murdering his grandmother last December has been sentenced to life in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Benjamin Bowers pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for the life sentence. Charges of felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and theft were dropped in a plea agreement.

Seventy-two-year-old Pearl Breeding of Overton County was found dead in her home, according to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen. According to court documents, Breeding was ambushed, strangled with a dog leash and had a pillow placed over her head during a struggle.


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