Bennett said this is an important distinction because Big H Amusements claimed that the brothers were not considered ride operators, but photo evidence taken the night before the murder shows the older brother operating a ride. Both brothers had criminal records, with the younger one pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a minor one year before the murder.

“What happened to Blayne Benefield and his family was a tragedy,” Bennett said. “I am glad there is now a law in place to hold operators accountable to make sure they are conducting proper criminal history checks and doing everything they can to keep our communities safe.” 

The governor signed the law today. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

 

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