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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla man found guilty of burglary, sodomy, sexual abuse

  • A Rolla man accused of forcing his way into an apartment and then attacking a woman was found guilty Wednesday on three of four charges filed against him in the case.
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  • A Rolla man accused of forcing his way into an apartment and then attacking a woman was found guilty Wednesday on three of four charges filed against him in the case.
    A Phelps County jury deliberated for almost four hours before finding Carvelle Delquinn Henderson, 35, guilty of first-degree burglary, a class B felony; attempted forcible sodomy; and sexual abuse, a class C felony.
    He was found not guilty on the charge of attempted forcible rape.
    The jury's verdict followed two days of testimony before 25th Circuit Judge William E. Hickle.
    Sentencing of the defendant was set for Dec. 2, 2013. According to Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger, Henderson faces up to life in prison plus 22 years if he were to receive the maximum sentence on each charge of which he was found guilty.
    During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Henderson forced his way into a Rolla apartment of a 37-year-old female acquaintance on the evening of Sept. 30, 2012. During testimony, it was reported that Henderson had attacked the woman before.
    In the course of the attack, the woman was able to call a friend and the friend's husband answered and recognized both the woman's and Henderson's voices.
    An investigation by the Rolla Police Department resulted in charges eventually being filed and Henderson being arrested.
    Beger commended the work of the RPD as well as the courage of the victim and her friend in coming forward to testify.
    "The prosecutors in my office will continue to vigorously seek justice for these victims where sufficient credible evidence exists," Beger said.
    He added that prosecution in this case was made more difficult because there was no DNA because of miscommunication between the police and the victim.
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