88-Year Sentence For Career Burglar Who Got His Mom Involved

Jeffrey and Bonnie Henderson were responsible for multiple daytime burglaries in Dearborn County last year.

Jeffrey Henderson and Bonnie Henderson. Photos by Dearborn County Sheriff's Department.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – A mother and son burglary team are going to be in prison for a while.

Jeffrey Wayne Henderson and his mother, Bonnie Henderson, were arrested after committing a string of daytime burglaries in the Manchester Township area of Dearborn County. Their arrests in October of 2017 came after more than a dozen homes were hit over the previous three months.

Detectives with the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit, Indiana State Police and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department identified Henderson as a suspect. Sure enough, when they served a search warrant at his home, items taken during the burglaries were found in his home.

Jeffrey Henderson pleaded guilty to 17 counts of Burglary (level 4 felony). On November 29, Henderson went before Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey for sentencing. The judge slapped him with an 88-year sentence.

Humphrey cited Henderson’s criminal history, which included 19 prior felony convictions. Seventeen of the past convictions were for burglary.

Bonnie Henderson pleaded guilty in August to Burglary (level 4 felony) for her role in the break-ins. She was sentenced to 10 years with four years suspended to probation.

Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens said residents can sleep a bit easier following the sentencing of Jeffrey Henderson, who she called a career burglar.

“These detectives, with help from the community, were able to solve the rash of burglaries perpetrated by these two individuals and now, Mr. Henderson will serve a significant sentence for his crimes,” said Deddens.

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