Suspect in HEB slashing pleads guilty, sentenced to 45 years

Edward Roy Bennett, 49
Edward Roy Bennett, 49

AUSTIN (KXAN) — “I was just soaked in blood, just covered,” said the victim of a 2015 stabbing at a south Austin HEB. ” It was seven major cuts and the seventh one must have broke the blade off.”

Her attacker, 49-year-old Edward Bennett, has plead guilty and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. The woman was leaving the HEB just after 1:30 a.m. when Bennett approached her and demanded a ride. She refused, and that’s when Bennett allegedly tried to take her purse.

Armed with a razor blade Bennett told the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, “I’ve killed three people and do what I tell you.” During the brief struggle, Bennett stabbed her several times, “causing a severe laceration to her neck and throat area.” Police say Bennett then took off with the woman’s purse.

While her scars have now healed from the slashing on May 20, 2015, the victim had to undergo several surgeries after Bennett tried to stab her in the heart. She told KXAN the blade broke off in her shoulder.

Bennett was taken into custody three days after the attack on May 23. He was out on parole at the time of the stabbing and living in a halfway house near Del Valle. Police say he took off his Global Positioning System (GPS) ankle monitor hours before the attack and never returned back to the house.

In 1983 near Wichita Falls, Bennett was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison. Then in 1990, around Fort Worth, Bennett was arrested for burglary and attacking two people, one of them a jail guard. The attack netted a concurrent 30-year sentence. He was released after 25 years to the Austin Transitional Center.

“How can it be so easy to get away, I just don’t understand that, especially that bad of a person,” asked the victim in regards to the Austin Transitional Center where Bennett was staying.  “You’re not protecting society, you’re just like throwing a wild dog back out to kill again.”

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