Kris Benson given custody of kids
On the same day Anna Benson publicly defended herself for allegedly breaking into estranged husband Kris Benson's house brandishing a gun, the former MLB pitcher was issued an emergency restraining order against the former model.
On Wednesday, a Forsyth County judge also granted Kris Benson full custody and revoked Anna Benson's visitation rights of their three children.
The former major league pitcher called 911 from the basement of his home when his estranged wife Anna Benson broke into the house brandishing a gun and wearing a bullet-proof vest on Monday.
The Smyrna, Ga., police released a recording of the call on Wednesday. Anna Benson was arrested and is being held without bond on four counts, including aggravated assault with a gun, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years if found guilty.
"I'm a good girl, a nice girl,'' Anna told the New York Post, which sent a reporter to interview her in jail. "I would never hurt [Kris]. I am still in love with him."
Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley's order also requires Anna to undergo psychological evaluation, and the judge decreed that both Kris and Anna will be subject to random-drug testing.
Kris Benson's request to seal the records was denied by Bagley, as was a request to hold Anna Benson in contempt of court. The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 22.
Kris Benson filed for divorce in 2012 and previously was awarded primary custody of their three children. The Smyrna arrest report in the matter references a June order for Anna to vacate what was once the family home.
In the 911 call, a hushed Kris Benson said she was carrying a gun with shotgun shells. Asked by the dispatcher what Anna said when she pulled the gun out, Kris said he wasn't sure.
"I've got it on tape recorder," Benson said. "Everything was happening pretty quick but I had set my voice recorder out."
Benson, 38, was able to evade his wife by saying he would go find a lighter so she could have a cigarette. He called the police from the basement and during the call left from a back door and waited for police to arrive.
Anna Benson was found to have in her possession the gun and vest, hatchet, red knife, ammo belt, expandable baton and taser. A bag of syringes was also found during a house search.
Anna Benson, 37, explained to police that she was wearing the vest in order to test it for a company.
"My plan is to drive around the Southeast to the different gun shows and see what is out there and what is cool," Anna told the Post. "The problem is that I don't have any money to start my business, and a lot of the stuff I can't tell the investors about because it is top-secret military and Department of Defense stuff."
She also alleged that Kris had been unfaithful.
She continued: "We have been married for 15 years, and he can't keep it in his pants. He can't stop f------ my friends, in my house. But that doesn't mean that I don't love him."
The couple was once in the public eye.
In 2005, Kris Benson pitched for the New York Mets while Anna was declared to be one of the hottest wives in baseball. She posed topless for Penthouse and showed up to a Mets family holiday party in a low-cut Mrs. Claus outfit, reportedly rankling some in the organization. Kris was soon traded to the Baltimore Orioles and last pitched in the majors for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.