Killer of Nicole Bennett to serve 30 years
Five years after he raped and killed Nicole Bennett before dumping her body off a dirt road near the Maryland-Delaware border, Matthew Burton took only five seconds to put his case to rest.
“Did you rape and murder Nicole Bennett,” asked Delaware Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley.
“Yes,” Burton answered.
Burton, 33, pleaded guilty April 5 to second-degree murder and second-degree rape in the slaying of Bennett in 2012. Upon the recommendation of state prosecutors, Burton was sentenced to 15 years for the murder and 15 years for rape for a total of 30 years behind bars with credit for time served. Following his sentence, Burton will have 20 years combined of probation and will have to register as a sex offender.