Pair of Break-Ins Leads to 5-7 Years for Career Criminal

Michael Scott Henderson, 38, of Hiddenite, will spend five to seven years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of attempted breaking and entering, attempted larceny after breaking and entering, and admitting his habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

The Honorable Jesse B. Caldwell, Superior Court Judge from Gaston County, imposed the active prison term for Henderson, who will serve the incarceration period in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Henderson’s sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status that included prior convictions for possession of stolen goods in Catawba County (September 2000), breaking and entering in Catawba County (September 2005) and breaking and entering in Alexander County (May 2011).

A neighbor of one of the victims saw the defendant walk around the victim’s house on February 27, 2019. When deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they found a basement window busted out and heard noise inside the home. They ordered the defendant to come out, and he exited the home.

The other offenses occurred on June 10, 2019, and involved the break-in of a shed housing a mower and other equipment at a church. The defendant attempted to sell the mower at a pawn shop. Co-defendants in the case gave confessions regarding the break-in and what was taken on two different trips to the church on the date of offense.

Jamie Phares and Brandi Trouille handled investigation of the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Ben Faulkenberry prosecuted the matters for the District Attorney’s Office.

CONTACT: Nathan Key
Phone: 828-695-6193