Shawn Bentley was found guilty yesterday of killing his parents and teenage sisters in order to inherit his parents' successful grain elevator and lumberyard business in Bonaparte, Iowa. The prosecution's key evidence was the recording of a 911 call by Shawn's sister, which ended with a scream of, "Shawn, no!" and a gunshot.
The 23-year-old, who denied he was the shooter, was unemployed with two children. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19; Bentley faces mandatory life sentences for his crimes. His defense had focused on the affectionate bond he felt with his family; on the stand, he described holding his sisters at their births.