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Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley | Kern County Sheriff's Department, California Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Michael Jay Bentley

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 19, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Bentley was killed when his cruiser was intentionally rammed by a fleeing armed robbery suspect. He had been with the agency for eight years.

The suspect was fleeing an armed robbery of a convenience store in a stolen pick-up. The suspect changed direction and before the pursuing deputy could broadcast the direction, he approached Deputy Bentley's unit head-on, explaining later that he saw the unit, but decided to commit suicide by ramming the patrol car. The suspect suffered a cut lip. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but is eligible for parole.

Deputy Bentley was survived by his wife, step-son. brother Larry, and parents.

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Dear Mikey,
Today is the 33rd anniversary of your untimely death. You have been gone as many years as you were alive. Our families, our friends and I still miss you, and think about you all the time. Thinking back on this day, in 1983, is a very difficult thing to do, but I know you are watching over all of us. We love you and miss you. You are our hero.
Shirley K (bentley) Mahana

Shirley Mahana
October 19, 2016


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