A Rolla man convicted of forcing his way into an apartment and attacking a woman was given 20 years’ jail time by a 25th Circuit Court judge earlier this week.
On Monday, Circuit Judge William E. Hickle handed down the sentence to 35-year-old Carvelle Delquinn Henderson, who was found guilty by a Phelps County jury on Oct. 23, 2013, after hearing two days of evidence during the trial.
Henderson, formerly of St. Louis, was found guilty of the following charges: 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.
Hickle imposed a sentence of 15 years for attempted forcible sodomy which was ordered to be served in addition to sentences of five years each for first-degree burglary and sexual abuse. Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said the five-year sentences for each charge would be served concurrently.
Before imposing the sentence, Hickle heard arguments on the defendant’s motions for judgment of acquittal and motion for a new trial but he denied both of those motions.
At both the trial and sentencing hearing, Beger argued that because of the defendant’s prior convictions for armed robbery, the court should impose a sentence of at least 20 years for the attempted forcible sodomy charge and, in addition, five years each for the other counts.
After the hearing Beger said, “We are satisfied with the sentences imposed by the court. As a result of these sentences we expect Mr. Henderson, who has proven to be a danger to the community, to be incarcerated for at least 15 years and possibly longer. Further, the victim said she was satisfied with the sentences as well.”
The victim did not testify at the sentencing hearing but submitted a written statement made a part of a sentencing report to the judge by the Board of Probation and Parole.
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.
Page 2 of 2 - Henderson remains incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail pending transport to the Department of Corrections.