A Hendersonville man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a car crash that claimed the lives of two teenagers in 2006 has been charged with burglarizing a church on Walton Ferry Road.
Benjamin Huffman, Jr., 37, was arrested Aug. 13 and charged with burglary and theft after an employee at the Fire Place Fellowship Church reported that a computer, keyboard and mouse had been stolen from the church on Aug. 8.
Huffman was identified as a suspect after police viewed security footage of the alleged theft and noticed Huffman’s distinct tattoos, according to a police affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Huffman has a lengthy criminal record that includes pleading guilty in June 2007 to two counts of vehicular homicide in a 2006 crash that took the lives of 18-year-old Shawn Pallottini and 17-year-old Christina Keaton on Center Point Road. Huffman was driving more than 30 miles over the speed limit when he crashed into a school bus, according to news reports at the time of the accident. He was sentenced to 12 years for Pallottini’s death and eight years in Keaton’s death with the sentences to be served consecutively.
According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Huffman was paroled in December 2015.
He is being held in the Sumner County Jail on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9.
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