Denton handed another life sentence in triple murder case

Rain Smith • Mar 8, 2019 at 12:43 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Six weeks after a Sullivan County man was found guilty of murdering three family members, an additional life sentence has been tacked onto his prison time.

Robert Seth Denton, 22, will now enter state custody for the August 2015 shooting deaths of his mother, stepfather and grandmother. When Denton was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder during a January trial, Judge James F. Goodwin sentenced him to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Denton was also found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, as multiple children were in the Bristol home when the murders occurred. According to Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus, Thursday’s sentencing on those charges added another life sentence plus five years.

Denton was 19 when the murders occurred at a residence on Henson Road. Killed were Lena Rose, 57; Toshya Milhorn, 39; and James Milhorn, 36. Meanwhile, six children — five of whom are Denton’s siblings — were left covered in blood.

According to court testimony, Denton parked at the bottom of the driveway and walked to the residence. He then entered the back door and began firing an automatic rifle in the kitchen, leaving his unsuspecting family no time to react.

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