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Columbia man convicted of robbery and armed criminal action

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 4:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 16, 2009

COLUMBIA — After a one-day jury trial Tuesday, Columbia man Terrance Henderson, 44, was found guilty of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action after he kidnapped a man outside a Walmart and robbed him of $20.

Henderson was arrested on November 19, 2008, after kidnapping a man in the  Walmart parking lot two weeks before. According to previous Missourian reports, Henderson had a gun in his possession during the robbery and ordered the man to drive toward Westwind Drive, all the while talking about how he needed $62 dollars for medication. The victim only had $20 with him, and he gave Henderson the money.

The trial began with a jury selection at 9 a.m. in Judge Gary Oxenhandler's court. Prosecuting attorney Andrea Hayes gave the opening statements at 11 a.m. and explained the facts of the case through the point of view of the victim. Defense attorney Kimberly Shaw did not give an opening statement.

During the victim's testimony, Hayes brought out a map of Columbia to show how far the man drove with Henderson when he was kidnapped. Hayes also produced several surveillance videos from the security cameras outside the Walart on West Broadway and asked Detective Jason Jones and the victim to properly identify Henderson as the kidnapper.

Even though the distance of the car ride was short, Henderson got out of the vehicle to urinate twice and kept an eye on the victim. Henderson also asked the man to get out of the car and pray with him for this incident. When the men arrived at Westwind Drive, Henderson got out of the car and told the victim that if he tried to look back at him or find him he would shoot him. Once out of Henderson's sight, the man drove to a nearby Petro-Mart and called 911.

The judge will be in charge of sentencing Henderson after the proper post-trial documents are filed and a recommendation for sentencing is given by the prosecuting attorney.


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