Friday, July 22, 2005


~~~~Another LOCAL MAN here and his horrible crime and aftermath =^.^= ~~~~ Confessed sex offender Wright takes his own life Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 - 08:18:56 am PDT By DAVE TURNER Staff writer Police: 'Nothing appears suspicious' about handgun death ATHOL -- A confessed sex offender who called himself "a monster" killed himself a week before he was likely going to be sentenced to prison, sheriff's detectives said on Monday. Benjamin Nephi Wright was found shot to death in the chest at his mother's Athol home last Thursday, after he was left alone with a handgun. Wright, 26, pleaded guilty in May to lewd conduct with his 22-month-old daughter last fall. �Home News Sports Editorial Special "Nothing appears suspicious at all" with the death, said sheriff's Lt. Kim Edmondson. Edmondson said Wright killed himself with a small-caliber handgun. Although first charged with rape of a child, Wright pleaded guilty to amended charges of lewd conduct with a minor under 16. First District Judge John Luster had received the results of Wright's pre-sentence investigation and psycho-sexual evaluation prior to this Friday's scheduled sentencing hearing. "He pleaded guilty straight up," chief deputy prosecutor Lansing Haynes said at the time of Wright's plea hearing. The crime was punishable by a maximum term of life in prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender upon any parole. It is believed prosecutors were going to ask for a prison sentence in the case. Last September, Wright was arrested at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane on a $100,000 warrant. Police said at the time his family had taken him to the hospital after he admitted to them what he had done. Police said Wright told his wife "he was a monster" after telling her he had attempted intercourse with the child. Coeur d'Alene police detectives were called to Kootenai Medical Center on Sept. 12, 2004, to investigate an alleged rape of the toddler. The girl's mother said she thought the assault happened one afternoon when Wright was left alone with the child. "The victim sustained injuries to her vaginal area that required immediate surgery," police spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood said after the arrest was announced. Wood said the mother saw blood in her daughter's diaper and became concerned. The woman told police Wright said their daughter probably just had a bladder infection and suggested she be given cranberry juice. "Benjamin told her the baby was fine and not to worry about it," officer Ame Massie said in the crime report. Wright then disappeared from the home, and the woman said she could not find him. She then took the girl to the hospital. Police believed it was then Wright was taken to the Spokane hospital. While there were private reports about which ward he was committed to upon his arrival, there was no official confirmation about what treatment he received. The woman said she and Wright were married for two years, and the girl is their only child in common. Three days before Christmas 2004, Wright was released from jail after his family posted $100,000 bail. ~~~ANOTHER ONE OF HELLS REJECTS..TOO BADD HE DIDNT KILL HIMSELF BEFORE HE MOLESTED HIS 22 MONTH OLD BABY =^.^= ~~


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