August 23, 2012 4:18 pm Published by

Christopher Benton, 27, the son of Pepperdine University President, Andrew K. Benton, was arrested on campus Thursday August 23, 2012 in connection with a criminal threat investigation related to people living in his father’s home.

Benton was taken in the day after he allegedly made criminal threats and he also was booked on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and in possession of ammunition after authorities found a gun they believe Benton tossed on a nearby hillside; the ammunition was found in his car. A convicted felon has no rights to own or be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

Authorities have not revealed the nature of the threats or who they were directed at to the public.

Whitmore did not elaborate on the nature of the threats or who they were directed at.

Benton has had a rough year. He checked into a rehabilitation facility earlier this year after the body of 25-year-old Katie Wilkins was found in her parents’ Malibu garage in April. Wilkins had died of heroin overdose.

Surveillance footage showed Benton getting into a car with Wilkins at a McDonald’s restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway, hours before her brother discovered her body.

Therefore, this isn’t Benton’s first run in with the law and now he is likely to face criminal charges of making criminal threats which is serious and can have some severe consequences as a result of a conviction.

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