Man gets life after shooting and killing woman; caught by a pineapple hat

Lee Herald Favicon 16A unique headwear choice ended up being what led to a Fort Myers man’s arrest, and on Friday a conviction for a 2016 murder, the State Attorney’s Office said.

Benjamin Monroe Allen, 23, was sentenced to life in prison immediately following a three-day trial after being convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, Allen killed a 23-year old woman he was in a relationship with after pulling her out of the home of a friend she was staying with, shooting and killing her. The victim was staying with a friend, hiding from Allen saying he was angry with her, and multiple witnesses at the trial said they heard Allen threaten to kill the victim.

He fled the scene on foot, and was apprehended in Miami three days later. A hat with pineapples on it was found next to the victim, one which an officer from the Fort Myers Police Department testified they had seen him wearing when he was trespassed from a different location two days prior. The hat also had DNA that matched Allen.

The 2016 incident was Allen’s sixth arrest in Lee County, he had been arrested on multiple firearm and robbery charges dating back to 2010.

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