The estate of a southeast Iowa family who were killed by a son has been auctioned off to seven buyers for nearly $1 million.
Saturday's sale came nearly three years after Shawn Bentler was charged with killing his parents and three younger sisters at the family's home near Bonaparte. Bentler was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder and is serving five life sentences.
The 445-acre estate of Michael and Sandra Bentler was divided into seven tracts of land. One included the Bentler home and 28 acres of surrounding land, which sold for $225,000. The rest of the land was divided into six tracts and sold on a price-per-acre basis.
State law prohibits those convicted of murder from benefiting from their victims' deaths. The Bentler estate will be divided between Shawn Bentler's two daughters.
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