A Message From Our Executive Director

I am honored you have chosen to spend your valuable time getting to know more about this “child” born of my pain.  Please peruse our site, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send an email or leave a comment online. In March of 1980 my father, James Robert Bennett Jr. was murdered in our home. My mother was subsequently arrested, charged, tried, and acquitted of murder-for-hire. Had she been found guilty, she would have been sentenced to life in prison, leaving me (for all practical purposes) an orphan at the age of 6. In February of 2007, after convincing the babysitter to go home, my son Paris sexually assaulted, beat, choked, and stabbed his little sister Ella seventeen times. He was arrested, charged, and pled true (the juvenile equivalent of guilty) to capital murder. He was sentenced to forty years in the Texas Criminal Justice System. He was 13; Ella was 4.    

The ELLA Foundation Mission Statement

The ELLA Foundation™ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Savannah, GA. Our mission is to prevent violence and to advocate for those affected by violence.
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