Last of 6 suspects in 2014 murder sentenced

Zachary Bennett's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (Oct. 8, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The last of six suspects charged in connection to a September 2014 murder in northeast Kent County has been sentenced.

Tuesday, Zachary Bennett was sentenced to between five and 50 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree home invasion.

Bennett — who was originally charged with armed robbery, home invasion and conspiracy to commit home invasion — testified against the other defendants in the death of 34-year-old Brent Luttrell.

(An undated courtesy photo of Brent Luttrell.)
An undated courtesy photo of Brent Luttrell.

Authorities say a group of men broke into Luttrell’s home in unincorporated Gowen on Sept. 8, 2014. Luttrell tried to escape, but was forced into the suspects’ car. He was shot and stabbed multiple times, then dumped in the road and left to die. The six suspects were arrested about a month later.

Two of them — Jaman Parish and Isaac Fezzey — were convicted of six counts each in the case, including murder, and were both sentenced to life in prison.

Christopher Duncan, who investigators say masterminded the plot to break into Luttrell’s home, pleaded guilty to his role in the crime in December 2014 and was later sentenced to least seven years in prison.

(Top, from left to right: Zachary Bennett, Kevin Berry and Chris Duncan. Bottom, left to right: Isaac Fezzey, Jaman Parish and Tyler Rohn.)
Top, from left to right: Zachary Bennett, Kevin Berry and Chris Duncan. Bottom, left to right: Isaac Fezzey, Jaman Parish and Tyler Rohn.

Tyler Rohn was sentenced in September 2015 to between seven and 50 years in prison for armed robbery, between six and 20 years for home invasion and between 25 and 75 years for second-degree murder.

Kevin Berry pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment and felony firearm in November 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison the same month.

In October 2014 jailhouse interviews with 24 Hour News 8, Bennett, Berry and Rohn admitted to being involved in the break-in, but said they didn’t kill anyone.

They named Parish as the murderer, but he also told 24 Hour News 8 he was not guilty.

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