The jury in the Leah Benjamin murder trial in Buffalo rendered a verdict of Guilty of Murder in the 2nd Degree for the shooting death of her estranged husband, Donald Benjamin, on the morning of May 3, 2009. Closing arguments were held Tuesday, with the jury going into deliberations just before 2 o'clock that afternoon. The verdict was given just before 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.
The 12 person jury found Benjamin not guilty of 1st degree murder, which was the highest charge which was brought against her. 4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn ordered that Benjamin be held in the custody of the Johnson County Detention Center with no bond until sentencing.
Prosecuting attorney Chris Wages says that Benjamin, age 45, will possibly be sentenced between 45 and 60 days from now. A sentencing date has not been set at this time. Benjamin faces a penalty of imprisonment for a term not less than 20 years according to Wyoming state law.