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Attorney General's News Release

May 23, 2012

Bunker man pleads guilty to murder

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Judge Kelly Parker has sentenced William Benedict to 25 years for murder in the second degree and 25 years for armed criminal action, to be served concurrently. Benedict, who is from Bunker, pleaded guilty last March to the May 2011 shooting death of Roger McNail.

The shooting occurred at the juncture of B Highway and Highway 72 in Reynolds County. According to police reports, the victim arrived at that location, where Benedict was sitting on the hood of his truck, threatening suicide. When McNail tried to calm him down, Benedict jumped on the victim’s truck and then shot him. McNail died at the scene.

The case was moved from Reynolds County to Iron County on a change of venue. The Attorney General’s Office assisted Reynolds County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Johnson on the case.

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