GRANT CO., Wash. – The Grant County man found guilty of second degree murder in the death of his landlord was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Friday.

Chad Bennett was found guilty in the death of his 82-year-old landlord, Lucille Moore. His lawyers said Friday they plan to appeal.

Lucille Moore, 82, was murdered in 2014. 


Investigators said Bennett entered Moore’s Ephrata home and stabbed her in the neck and chest. A coroner’s report revealed Moore was stabbed 17 times. When Moore was found, a pillow covered her face.

When asked about the murder, Bennett allegedly told investigators that Moore was “wrapped up with drug dealers” and that a family member had killed her.

Previously, a hung jury was declared in Bennett’s first trial in October. At his March trial, he faced two charges: first and second degree murder. He was found not guilty of first degree murder, but guilty of second degree murder.