The killer tried to say self protection within the “horrific love triangle homicide plot,” however his actions in surveillance video — mentioned the DA — proved “in any other case.”
Damon Allen Benson, dubbed the “Tinder killer” by native police, was sentenced to 71 years to life in jail following the horrific assault on a lady he met by way of the relationship app and the homicide of one other man she was seeing.
Based on a launch from the Placer County District Legal professional’s Workplace, 31-year-old Benson and his two victims “met individually on Tinder,” leading to “jealousy, the torture of a weak feminine sufferer and ended within the homicide of one of many males concerned within the love triangle.”
Benson’s “horrific love triangle homicide plot” went down in August 21, with the responsible social gathering first holding the feminine sufferer “in opposition to her will at his house after being extensively tortured on a number of events.” The torture, mentioned authorities, included carving a swastika into the Jewish sufferer’s again “whereas being tied to his ceiling with a rope.” Per the discharge, Benson reportedly tortured the feminine sufferer so he may “finally get the deal with to homicide her different lover.”
Following an investigation into the crimes, authorities got here to the conclusion that Benson “ambushed” the opposite sufferer, 49-year-old Cameron Gabriel, in his house earlier than fleeing the scene.
“Whereas the defendant tried to say his actions had been in self-defense, surveillance footage exhibits in any other case,” mentioned the DA. “Surveillance exhibits Benson working into the sufferer’s house in the course of the evening, adopted by rapid gunfire and Benson working out of the house yelling ‘That is proper, [expletive].'”
The DA charged Benson with homicide, aggravated mayhem, torture, felony legal threats, false imprisonment by violence and extra, with a jury discovering him responsible of homicide, torture and mayhem in September 2023.
On Tuesday, Benson was sentenced to 71 years to life within the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“It is a day for justice for the sufferer and the sufferer’s household,” mentioned Supervising Deputy District Legal professional Jeffery Moore in a press release. “We acknowledge this verdict is not going to deliver [the victim] again and that we can not undo what this defendant has finished to their household. We’re humbled to offer justice for this horrific crime to the best extent our legal guidelines permit. The defendant exhibits a transparent hazard to the general public and a callous disregard for human life. Eradicating Benson from society is the one means to make sure he doesn’t victimize anybody once more.”
Based on the Sacramento Information & Evaluation, the feminine sufferer mentioned she and Benson “matched” on Tinder again in February 2021, sharing an curiosity in paganism and mountain climbing. She claimed it wasn’t lengthy till he started hitting her, saying she wasn’t “allowed to go away” him. She additionally started seeing Gabriel — who she beforehand matched with in 2020 and who had simply moved nearer — on the identical time by that summer season.
Benson, she mentioned, grew to become suspicious after noticing a mark on the sufferer’s again, as she claimed she had slept with one other lady as a result of she “thought it could be much less enraging to him.” They stopped speaking for per week, she mentioned, earlier than he requested to satisfy up. That is when he sure her with rope and left her hanging from the ceiling, bare, on a hook. Different alleged torture included a stun gun, pliers and cigarette burns.
After ultimately giving up Gabriel’s identify, the sufferer mentioned she was within the automobile whereas Benson bumped into his house and killed him.