Evansville Father Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison for Murder of Infant Son

Jacob Bengert learned his fate on Thursday after being found guilty of Murder and Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death in the January death of his 3-month-old son.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 4:04 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 4:15 PM

An Evansville father found guilty of murder in connection to his infant son's death has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.

Jacob Bengert's 3-month-old son was found unresponsive in January 2020.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner's office ruled the death as a homicide, adding the baby suffered multiple blunt force injuries before his death.

In September, a jury could not reach a unanimous decision, so the judge declared a mistrial. In October, Bengert went back on trial, with the jury finding him guilty of murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

The baby's mother, Chelsea Marksberry, faces a charge of Child Neglect Resulting in Death.

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