UPDATE: Convicted Huntington Bank Robber Asked for Reduced Sentence

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/16/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A career criminal who pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Huntington was back in court Tuesday trying to get his sentence reduced.

In July, Charles N. Henderson, 58, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to robbing the Chase Bank on 5th Avenue back in March. Following the plea, Henderson was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.

Nearby streets were closed for hours as police searched the bank building for Henderson following the robbery

During Tuesday’s hearing, Henderson told the judge that if he could do it over again, he never would have done it.

Henderson also told the court that a veteran’s organization is willing to help him find a job and housing.

He also said that he was not getting any younger and may not have this opportunity when he comes home in 10 years.

Judge Alfred Ferguson says Henderson had been arrested 50 times and was charged with 62 misdemeanors and 39 felonies. He has been convicted on 14 of those felonies. His first arrest was is 1975.

Ferguson says it’s not the highest he has seen, but very close.

Ferguson told Henderson, "You gotta be judged by the fruit that you produce through your life. It's easy to stand up in front of the judge and say, 'I've changed and I'm gonna do this and I'm gonna do that', but we've gotta look back and see what you've accomplished in your lifetime. And yours has actually been a life of crime."

As a result, Ferguson said there was no reason for him to reconsider the sentence.



UPDATE 7/3/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The man charged with robbing the Chase Bank in Huntington earlier this year has pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

Charles N. Henderson, 58, of Huntington, entered the plea during a hearing on Wednesday.

Following the plea, Henderson was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.

The robbery happened March 14 at the bank at 10th Street and 5th Avenue and shut down nearby streets for hours as police searched the building for Henderson.

Police said that Henderson has a 61 page criminal history and had been arrested in five different states with multiple felony convictions.

According to a court document that is part of the plea agreement, Henderson said that he “went into the bank when I was drunk with a note asking for money. I did not have a gun. The teller gave men less than $100. I was deeply depressed over losing my housing.”

During his arraignment following his arrest, Henderson told WSAZ.com that he had a "lot of mental issues" and that he immediately felt remorseful after the robbery.



UPDATE 4/18/14 @ 2:16 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who admitted to our camera that he robbed a bank in downtown Huntington, which led to a lockdown that lasted several hours, has been indicted.

Charles Henderson, of Huntington, was indicted by a grand jury in Cabell County on one count of bank robbery.

The robbery happened on March 14 at Chase Bank along 5th Avenue in downtown Huntington.

During his arraignment, Henderson told WSAZ.com that he had a "lot of mental issues" and that he immediately felt remorseful after the robbery.

He also said he was a homeless vet.

Police say Henderson may have embellished on his story and that he has a 38-year criminal career.

There's no word when Henderson will be arraigned.



UPDATE 3/24/14 @11:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The man who admitted to our camera that he robbed the Chase Bank in downtown Huntington, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday morning.

Charles Henderson, 58, of Huntington, was arrested several hours after the March 14 armed robbery.

Huntington Police said Henderson is no stranger to the penal system and that you could basically say he’s a career criminal.

Police say in his 38-year criminal career, Henderson has been arrested more than 100 times in five different states.

During Henderson’s brief appearance in Cabell County Magistrate Court, he would not answer any questions about his criminal record.

During his arraignment the night he was arrested, Henderson told WSAZ.com he has a "lot of mental issues" including PTSD, and he immediately felt remorseful after the robbery.

"I'm tired of being desperate," said Henderson. "I'm a homeless vet. I don't have anything.”

"I think in this case he happens to be embellishing that fact just to get out of the seriousness of the charges,” says Huntington Police Lt. John Williams. “I imagine he knows how to play the game."

Henderson remains in the Western Regional Jail while his case is presented to a grand jury.

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UPDATE 3/19/14 @ 11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – We’re learning more about the man who admitted to our camera that he robbed the Chase Bank in downtown Huntington last Friday.

“He’s no stranger to the penal system. You could basically say he’s a career criminal,” says Lt. John Williams of the Huntington Police Department.

Police say Charles Henderson, 58, of Huntington, has been arrested more than 100 times in five different states.

Williams says Henderson’s 38-year criminal career is detailed in a 61 page history that includes dozens of felonies.

The roughly 76 charges range from misdemeanor disorderly conduct, to assault, grand theft, auto and even rape.

Henderson turned himself in at HPD headquarters several hours after the robbery in which he got $89.

Friday night, Henderson told WSAZ.com he has a "lot of mental issues" including PTSD, and he immediately felt remorseful after the robbery.

"I'm tired of being desperate," Henderson told WSAZ.com as he was being brought into magistrate court. "I'm a homeless vet. I don't have anything.”

"I think in this case he happens to be embellishing that fact just to get out of the seriousness of the charges. The man is obviously no stranger to the criminal justice system, as we've talked about. And it's quite serious; there are some serious charges there. I imagine he knows how to play the game," says Williams.

Henderson remains in the Western Regional Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for next week.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/19 10:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The man charged with robbing a Huntington bank has an extensive criminal history, according to Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

Police say Charles N. Henderson, 58, of Huntington, robbed the Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue Friday afternoon.

Henderson turned himself in at HPD headquarters Friday night.

Tuesday, Chief Holbrook said Henderson has a 61 page criminal history and had been arrested in five different states with multiple felony convictions.

Holbrook did not elaborate on those prior convictions,

Friday night, Henderson told WSAZ.com he has a "lot of mental issues" including PTSD, and he immediately felt remorseful after the robbery.

"I'm tired of being desperate," Henderson told WSAZ.com as he was being brought into magistrate court. "I'm a homeless vet. I don't have anything.”

Henderson remains in the Western Regional Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for next week.

According to the criminal complaint, Henderson approached a teller with a note demanding money. He reportedly told the teller, "Don't have me have to get out my gun."

The complaint says Henderson then reached into his jacket as if he had a gun. The teller handed over some money, and he fled on foot.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.


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