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Anthony John Benardello

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Employment History

  • Substitute Teacher
    Concord High School
  • Temporary Social Studies Teacher
    Concord High School
  • Temporary Social-Studies Teacher
    Concord High School
Web References
Ex-teacher charged in hit-man plan | The Winston Salem Journal - Journal Now
www.journalnow.com, 10 April 2002 [cached]
Anthony John Benardello, 42, of Charlotte was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to shoot into occupied property and solicitation to shoot into occupied property.He was being held Monday in the Cabarrus County jail on a $1million bond.
Police say that Benardello sold OxyContin, a powerful prescription painkiller that has become a popular recreational drug.He has not been charged with any drug offenses.
Benardello, who listed no occupation on the arrest report, was a temporary social-studies teacher at Concord High School from March 2000 through June 2000, said Jeanette Trexler, a spokeswoman for the Cabarrus County Schools.
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Officers had been following Benardello for three or four weeks, since they received information from a confidential informant, said Detective Tim Parker of the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.
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An undercover officer met Benardello at the restaurant Sunday and was offered drugs in exchange for killing the two men sometime early this week.Benardello, who was unarmed, was arrested peacefully, Parker said.
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Besides the charges filed Sunday, Benardello is the defendant in six pending cases in Cabarrus District Court.
Three people, including one who said he was a former student of Benardello's, filed criminal complaints against him in January, alleging that he threatened to kill them.
In connection with the January arrest, Benardello is also charged with one count of second-degree trespassing and two gun-related charges
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Charlotte Observer | 03/21/2003 | Man is guilty of plotting to kill
www.charlotte.com, 22 Mar 2003 [cached]
Russell testified that Benardello told him interest had increased the debt to more than $1,000.
After about one day of deliberations, the five-woman, seven-man jury also found Benardello not guilty of conspiring to murder Russell's aunt, Luann Linker.
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Benardello also was found guilty of two counts of solicitation to commit a shooting into occupied property and two counts of conspiracy to shoot into occupied property.
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Benardello faces a combined total of 10 to 15 years in prison on all charges, Vaneekhoven said.
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Benardello was a temporary social studies teacher at Concord High School from March to June 2000.
Jim Foster, Benardello's attorney, said he thought the verdict was strange, because the jury found Benardello guilty on only one of the murder-conspiracy charges.
"It was the same evidence, the same information.You have the same events," Foster said.
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Vaneekhoven said the evidence was stronger that Benardello had conspired to kill Russell.
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Earlier in the week, Benardello maintained his innocence."I never threatened nobody, especially a woman," he said.
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Ex-teacher faces 20 years - Independent Tribune - Concord and Kannapolis
www.independenttribune.com, 30 April 2002 [cached]
Anthony Benardello, 42, of 9200 Christina Marie Road, Charlotte, was indicted by the Cabarrus County Grand Jury with three counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of solicitation to shoot into occupied property, two counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to shoot into occupied property.
Assistant District Attorney Roxann Vaneekhoven said Benardello may face more than 20 years in prison, depending on his prior arrest record.
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Benardello had been under surveillance for several weeks after an informant warned officers that Benardello was "looking to hire someone to shoot up a house and kill several people," said Det.
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Detectives with the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department Vice and Narcotics Unit and special agents of the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency had been investigating Benardello for several weeks prior to his arrest.
According to Det.Derrick Waller, one of the arresting officers, Benardello had taken out a hit on several people who allegedly owed him money for OxyContin, the powerful prescription pain killer.
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Benardello met with an informant and an undercover officer posed as a hit man in the parking lot of O'Charley's restaurant in Concord.
He was arrested after revealing his plans to the officer.
Since his arrest, Benardello has been held in the Cabarrus County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.
Benardello served a short stint as a substitute teacher at Concord High School and has a past conviction for assault by pointing a gun, stemming from a fight with former students.
heraldsun.com: Former teacher accused of trying to...
www.herald-sun.com, 9 April 2002 [cached]
Anthony John Benardello, 42, of Charlotte, was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to shoot into occupied property and solicitation to shoot into occupied property.He was being held Monday in the Cabarrus County jail on a $1 million bond.
Police say Benardello sold OxyContin, a powerful prescription painkiller that has become a popular recreational drug.He has not been charged with any drug offenses.
Benardello, who listed no occupation on the arrest report, was a temporary social studies teacher at Concord High School from March 2000 through June 2000, said Cabarrus County Schools spokeswoman Jeanette Trexler.
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Officers had been following Benardello for three or four weeks, since they received information from a confidential informant, said Detective Tim Parker of the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.
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An undercover officer met Benardello at the restaurant Sunday and was offered drugs in exchange for killing the two men sometime early this week.Benardello, who was unarmed, was arrested peacefully, Parker said.
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Besides the charges filed Sunday, Benardello is the defendant in six pending cases in Cabarrus County District Court.
Three people, including one who said he was a former student of Benardello's, filed criminal complaints against him in January, alleging that he threatened to kill them.
In connection with the January arrest, Benardello is also charged with one count of second-degree trespassing and two gun-related charges.
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Former teacher's trial begins - Independent Tribune - Concord and Kannapolis
www.independenttribune.com, 18 Mar 2003 [cached]
The prosecution of Anthony Benardello, a former Concord High School teacher, began Tuesday, claiming he wanted "three individuals whacked."
Benardello was arrested last April and charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, two counts of soliciting to commit first degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit a shooting into an occupied property and two counts of soliciting to commit a shooting into an occupied property.He is currently in Cabarrus County Jail on $1 million bond.
Benardello was arrested after Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department Det.Derek Waller posed as a hitman in April and said Benardello hired him to shoot Wesley Russell, Russell's mother Peggy Russell and aunt Luane Linker.
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Waller testified that Benardello wanted him to fire shots into Wesley Russell's and Linker's homes, and ensure that Wesley Russell was dead.
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Evidence Roxann Vaneekhoven, Cabarrus County district attorney, entered in Tuesday's trial included video and audio surveillance tapes, transcripts of the undercover operation and a piece of paper that Waller said Benardello wrote his cell phone number on.
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The investigation began when Shawn Llewellyn, an acquaintance of Benardello, tipped off law enforcement.
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Benardello's court appointed attorney James Foster said Llewellyn and another acquaintance, Jonathan Shrack, conspired against Benardello.
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Wesley Russell also stated that Benardello carried a gun during all their meetings.
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Waller discussed how Benardello told him how to modify the gun to make it harder to link the weapon to the crime.
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Benardello spoke about the trial during a recess.
"Did you see how they (the Russells and Linker) were mumbling?"he asked."They weren't very convincing.They couldn't even look at me because they weren't telling the truth."
Benardello maintained his innocence.
"I never threatened anybody," he said."Especially a woman."
At the end of Tuesday's proceedings, the jury watched a video of Waller meeting with Benardello, according to prosecutors.
Today's proceedings will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Vaneekhoven said she expected the trial to be over within three days.
• Contact Michael Knox at mknox@independenttribune.com. or call at (704) 789-9144.
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