A Newburg man who admitted to having committed more than 500 burglaries in Phelps and surrounding counties will be going away for a long time.
According to a press release from the Phelps County Prosecutor's Office, 22-year-old Jack M. Henson on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and two counts of stealing at a Newburg residence in January 2013.
Visiting Judge Sandra West sentenced him to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for those offenses.
In addition, West revoked Henson's probation and executed previously imposed sentences of 56 years for five previous cases of burglary, stealing and property damage.
In September 2011, Henson was committed to the Department of Corrections for long-term drug treatment after having been sentenced to 56 years for the above mentioned offenses.
He was released onto probation in December 2012, but less than a month later he broke into a residence and stole a gun and jewelry.
The victim of this burglary had given Henson a job after he was released from prison.
After being arrested for this burglary, Henson confessed to the crime as well as hundreds of other burglaries.
Detective Carl Kossuth, of the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, investigated the January burglary and stealings and Phelps County Assistant Prosecutor Brendon Fox prosecuted the case.
"Jack Henson won't be breaking into any more homes for a very, very long time," said Fox. "Detective Kossuth did a great job of investigating the burglary and arresting Mr. Henson within a matter of days. Without his excellent work Mr. Henson may have been free to continue harming the good people of Phelps County."
Phelps County Prosecutor John Beger said he "commended Fox on obtaining the conviction and revocations and thereby protecting the property of the people of Phelps County."