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Hutcheson shooter pleads guilty, sentenced to life

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WALKER COUNTY, GA. (Times Free Press) -- A Chattanooga man accused of killing his estranged wife and her mother in a waiting room at Hutcheson Medical Center in January pleaded guilty today to two counts of malice murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

James Benson, 59, admitted to killing Mary Sue Benson, 56, and Charlotte Johnson, 77, on Jan. 6 with a .38-caliber revolver in Hutcheson's intensive care unit's waiting room.

He entered his plea and was sentenced in Walker County Superior Court by Judge Jon "Bo" Woods, who said Benson could be considered for parole after serving 30 years behind bars.

After the shooting, Benson turned himself in at the nearby Fort Oglethorpe police station.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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