Judge sentences Benjamin Shook to life in prison for 2015 kidnapping of Hawkins County girl


GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -Thursday United States District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Benjamin Shook to life in prison. Shook sparked a multi state, two-week long AMBER Alert in 2015. Investigators said Shook used the internet to lure A 14-year-old girl from her home.

Back in June, Shook admitted to kidnapping the Hawkins County girl. He pleaded guilty to all five federal charges against him including kidnapping, transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity, and failing to register as a sex offender.

We were in the courtroom Thursday for his sentencing, where the judge said this is one of the most serious sentences he has ever given out.

When 42-year-old Shook kidnapped the 14-year-old girl in 2015, he was already a convicted sex offender.

The judge also gave Shook an additional five years for failing to register as a sex offender,  that will be served during his life sentence.

Shortly before the kidnapping, Shook had been released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence, according to the Assistant U.S. Attorney.

The Assistant U.S. Attorney said in court no community is safe from Benjamin Shook unless he is behind bars.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All Rights Reserved.See also: 

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