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Robbery, sex assault convict up for parole

Posted on January 7, 2021

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A Rocky Mount man serving a life sentence for robbery and sexual assault convictions is up for parole.

Darine Bennett, 60, has served 41 years of a life sentence on 1979 convictions of armed robbery and assault with intent to commit rape.

Bennett is currently housed at the Caledonia Correctional Institution, a medium- and minimum-security prison outside Halifax. 

While incarcerated, Bennett has been accused of committing at least 50 infractions, including threatening to injure prison staff in June. Other infractions over the years include sexual acts, theft, fighting and assault with a weapon.

The N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission is considering releasing Bennett via the Mutual Agreement Parole Program. In the three-way agreement between the offender, the commission and the N.C. Division of Prisons, the offender completes certain scholastic and vocational programs as a condition of release.

The commission will consider information from interested parties for and against Bennett’s parole, as well as the facts of the case, in making its decision. 

The state’s current structured sentencing law eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.  However, the commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous guidelines.

Anyone with questions concerning Bennett’s possible parole can call the commission at 919-716–3010.

50 INMATE INFRACTIONS

Following is a complete list of Darine Bennett’s alleged infractions since his incarceration in 1979. 

June 2020: Profane language.

June 2020: Threatening to injure staff.

April 2014: Sexual act.

December 2010: Profane language.

December 2010: Disobeying an order.

December 2010: Profane language.

November 2006: Disobeying an order.

November 2006: Sexual act.

August 2004: Disobeying an order.

January 2004: Fighting.

January 2004: Sexual act.

January 2001: Substance possession.

March 2000: Disobeying an order.

May 1999: Profane language.

December 1998: High-risk act. 

December 1998: Sexual act. 

July 1997: Assault with a weapon.

November 1995: Profane language.

June 1995: Disobeying an order.

June 1995: Profane language.

June 1995: Interfering with staff.

April 1995: Provoking assault.

October 1994: Creating an offensive condition.

October 1994: Disobeying an order. 

April 1994: Unauthorized location.

December 1993: Disobeying an order.

November 1993: Profane language.

October 1991: Provoking assault. 

June 1991: Disobeying an order.

November 1990: Profane language.

November 1990: Profane language.

August 1989: Creating an offensive condition.

October 1988: Disobeying an order.

July 1987: Fighting.

March 1986: Fighting.

January 1986: Fighting.

March 1985: Disobeying an order.

November 1984: Attempting a Class B offense.

August 1984: Provoking assault.

October 1983: Fighting.

October 1982: Gambling.

November 1982: Disobeying an order. 

November 1982: Disobeying an order.

March 1982: Disobeying an order.

August 1981: Theft of property.

August 1980: Sexual act. 

June 1980: Disobeying an order. 

January 1980: Disobeying an order. 

December 1979: Creating an offensive condition.

October 1979: Disobeying an order. 

Source: N.C. Department of Public Safety.

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