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Man Charged In Boy’s Death Pleads In Assault Case

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Anthony Bennett (credit: Isabella County Sheriff's Department)

Anthony Bennett (credit: Isabella County Sheriff’s Department)

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BAY CITY, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A man charged with killing a 4-year-old boy on an Indian reservation has entered a plea in an assault case involving Bay County jail employees.

Anthony Bennett pleaded no contest Wednesday to assaulting a jail or prison employee and assaulting, resisting or obstructing police.

A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

The 21-year-old Bennett was sentenced in Bay County Circuit Court to concurrent terms of two years, eight months to four years and three years to 10 years in prison.

Defense lawyer Doris Day-Winters says he’s “sorry for what he did.”

Bennett faces trial next year in federal court in the death of Carnel Chamberlain, whose remains were found in June 2012 at a home on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian reservation, about 70 miles north of Lansing near Mount Pleasant.

Carnel went missing while left in Bennett’s care while the boy’s mother, Bennett’s girlfriend, was at work.

A weeklong search on the reservation ensued until the remains were found buried outside the home. Authorities say Carnel’s body was so badly burned that authorities had trouble identifying it as human remains.

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