Benton Man Pleads Guilty to Christmas Robbery 

A Benton man has pleaded guilty to breaking into an elderly couple’s Oakland home while they were sleeping and stealing Christmas gifts intended for family. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Brandon Rimes is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 26 in connection with the Dec. 6 break in at the home of 88-year-old Charlotte Lovejoy and her husband, 89-year-old Del Lovejoy. Authorities say Rimes and another man who has already been sentenced to three years behind bars, stole about $1,000 worth of items, including Christmas gifts. Police called it a “particularly distasteful” crime. District Attorney Maeghan Maloney tells the Morning Sentinel, that given the nature of the crime, she hopes for a severe sentence for Rimes. Charlotte Lovejoy says she’s still “scared to death” and has difficulty sleeping.