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Isabella Hellmann case: Lewis Bennett set to plead guilty in wife's disappearance at sea

Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 11:19:17-05

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man whose newlywed wife went missing at sea as the couple sailed off the Bahamas is set to plead guilty to a manslaughter charge in federal court.

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Court records show 41-year-old Lewis Bennett will enter the plea Monday in Miami. The records show Bennett reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the May 2017 disappearance of Isabella Hellmann.

Bennett is a mining engineer with dual British and Australian citizenship. He had insisted he left Hellman on deck when he went to their cabin to go to sleep. Bennett said he awoke when the boat hit something and Hellman was gone.

The FBI says an inspection of the catamaran showed portholes below the waterline had been opened and damage to the twin hulls appeared caused from the inside.