Bennett sentenced to life in prison for murder of Gainesville businessman

By B.J. Williams Assistant News Director
Posted 2:18PM on Monday 3rd May 2021 ( 2 days ago )

The man convicted Friday for the 2019 murder of Gainesville businessman and philanthropist Jack Hough has been ordered to serve a life prison sentence with the possibility for parole for the crime. 

DeMarvin Ladele Bennett, 26, of East Point, was sentenced Monday, May 3 in the Hall County Superior Courtroom of Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin. 

The jury found Bennett guilty on a charge of malice murder and three of four additional felony counts for the Feb. 7, 2019 shooting death. Hough was sitting in his vehicle outside the CVS Pharmacy on Park Hill Drive, waiting for his wife to pick up a prescription, when Bennett approached him and shot him. Hough died later that night at the hospital.

According to sentencing documents, Bennett was sentenced to life plus 25 years on the malice murder charge with the possibility of parole following life plus 10 years. Bennett was also found guilty on charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and criminal attempt to commit robbery. Bennett was acquited of a robbery charge. 

DeMarvin Ladele Bennett (Hall County Sheriff's Office booking photo December 2020)

© Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.