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Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 6:18 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township man who pleaded no contest to murdering neighbor to serve up to 45 years

By Kyle Feldscher

The Ypsilanti Township man who pleaded no contest to beating David Bennett to death last year will serve between 25 and 45 years in prison, according to court records.

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Keithen Potter

Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown sentenced Keithen Potter, 34, on Wednesday, according to court records. Potter pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in February.

In exchange for the plea of no contest, Potter had charges of open murder and larceny in a building dismissed at sentencing, according to court records. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such by judges in sentencing.

According to police, Potter and Bennett got into a fight at Bennett’s home in the 700 block of Dorset Avenue on the night of May 11. The argument continued into the early hours of the next morning and police said Potter hit Bennett between 10 and 15 times in the chest before bludgeoning him three to four times with a chair.

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David Bennett

Bennett died from blunt force trauma to the chest, according to prosecutors.

Potter was highly intoxicated during the fight and entered a no contest plea because he didn’t remember the incident, his lawyer said in February.

Potter has three children and was living with his mother, whose home was across the street from Bennett’s, at the time of the incident. Potter has a criminal history, which includes convictions for home invasion and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

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Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 8:30 a.m.

Dave, my friend, you are missed by many. May you rest in peace forever. Mr. Potter, I do forgive you of the terrible act you did which took the life of another human being. I will pray for your children as well...


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 7:38 p.m.

I miss my grandfather everyday and have not begun to forgive. Especially after the sentencing and his smile that wore on his face to his family. I miss my grandfather so much and the saddest part is every one loses his kids and us.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 4:41 a.m.

Shawshank... we'll wait and see about the redemption. Too bad for this man's kids though, they're also his victims.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:24 a.m.

25-to 50 yrs. is not long enough. He should not see daylight again.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 12:01 a.m.

All this happened in Ypsilanti's finest neighbor hood....why?