Son of Pepperdine President Pleads No Contest to Felony Charges
Christopher Benton, the son of Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton, pleaded no contest on Friday to making criminal threats and possession of a firearm, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.
Benton, 27, will be sentenced to two years in state prison by Judge Karen Nudell when he returns to court on Sept. 21, according to Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrant. Benton entered his plea prior to his preliminary hearing getting underway in Van Nuys Municipal Court.
Alternate Public Defender Cynthia Janis represented Benton.
According to the DAO, Benton admitted threatening his father at the family's home on the Malibu campus on Aug. 22 during a family argument. He returned to campus the next day and was arrested and charged with five felony counts, including possession of a firearm by a narcotic addict. The remaining three counts will be dismissed when he is sentenced.
Benton, who has three prior felony convictions, remains in custody at Men's Central Jail.