Man sentenced to 24 years in prison after attacking Harrison officers

HARRISON, Ark. - It all started last June when three officers were called to a house in Harrison.

"I saw Mr. Benton's mother sitting outside on the porch," said Officer Ryan Guffey.

"He had gone around the house and basically destroyed a door frame, the TV had been broken in the living room, he had slammed her foot in the door, we also noticed on her left arm a cut that apparently he had thrown her down and she had to crawl to another room to get some help," Guffey said.

Jesse Benton, 35, eventually let the police inside the house, and Guffey saw a knife in one of the bedrooms.

Officer John Morgan asked Benton if he had identification on him.

"Began to strip naked, we don't know why. Just got naked, got upset, belligerent, and said I ain't got nothing on me. Then proceeded to try to walk past me toward the room he had a knife in," Guffey said.

That's when it all started to unravel.

"Attempted to drive stun him in his stomach," Guffey said. "When I attempted to do that he kicked me in the right part of my eye here with his heel. He kicked me in the face again. I don't really remember anything else after that. I remember when I came to looking at the bed."

The blood you see in the video is Guffey's.

"One broken bone in my nose. I had a sinus bone break. And the orbital bone underneath my eye broke," he said.

Morgan's face and eye were scratched.

"It's not if it happens it's when it's going to happen and how bad is it going to be," said Cpl. Gregory Siemiller, who was also there that night.

Officers say domestic calls can be the most dangerous.

"There's always a weapon," Guffey said. "People are upset. Tensions are high. There's usually alcohol or drugs involved."

A jury found Benton guilty of battery in the first and second degree, domestic battery in the second degree, and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

"We're glad something happened for his mother than for myself," Guffey said.

And the officers are grateful to the jury for their verdict, the county, the community, and for the prosecuting attorney.

"They did their job, and the citizens of Boone County spoke and they rendered the verdict on what they thought it should be," Siemiller said.

After surgery, a titanium plate under his eye, and a month of healing, Guffey made a full recovery.

"We're human," he said. "We feel pain. We hurt. We're out there to do a job. I'm not a machine. I'm not a monster. We're just like you. We go home. We have families at the end of the day we like to go home to every day. If we ask you to do something it's for your safety and ours."

And police are happy the jury saw it that way too.

The prosecuting attorney said Benton will serve at least 17 years of the 24 in prison.

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