A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to at least 16 years in jail for murdering his disabled sister and dumping her physique close to a dumpster almost three years ago.
Claude Henderson II, 17, of Reems Creek, North Carolina pleaded responsible on September 8 in Buncombe Superior Court to the second-degree homicide of his sister Kayla Dezaray Hensley.
Henderson was simply 14 when he killed his sister Hensley, 18, who had cerebral palsy and was deaf, on November 11, 2017.
In this grisly homicide, Hensley’s physique was discovered close to a dumpster close to a Weaverville cellular residence park struggling a number of lacerations to the neck with a canvas belt wrapped round it.
On Tuesday Claude Henderson II, 17, was sentenced to 16 to 25 years in jail for murdering his 18-year-old disabled sister Kayla Dezaray Hensley (above) three years ago in North Carolina
In this grisly homicide, Hensley’s physique was discovered close to a dumpster close to a Weaverville cellular residence park struggling a number of lacerations to the neck with a canvas belt wrapped round it
Police arrived to a cellular residence park on Brinwood Drive in Weaverville round 10.42pm after an emergency name.
In interviews with officers, Henderson confessed to killing his sister.
Hensley was killed contained in the household residence, in accordance to an investigation.
Deputies seized three knives, a field cutter and a belt discovered round Hensley’s neck.
Henderson was sentenced to 16 to 25 years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections with credit score for three years for time served for the reason that horrific killing, in accordance to the District Attorney’s release.
‘My coronary heart goes out to Kayla’s mom Susan Maltry who has confirmed nice emotional energy and charm in working with each investigators, court docket personnel and my workplace all through this unspeakable tragedy. I want her peace and therapeutic,’ Buncombe District Attorney Todd Williams stated in a press launch.
Hensley had cerebral palsy and was deaf and had a job working at American Eagle
Hensley posted this image to her Facebook in 2011, when she would have been 12 years outdated. Her mom, middle, and what seems to be her brother, proper, are additionally in the body
Hensley shared this picture smiling on prime of a turtle sculpture in September 2017
Henderson was charged with first-degree homicide at the time of the killing.
That cost required the state to show premeditation and deliberation past an inexpensive doubt.
But a defense-initiated forensic psychiatric analysis questioned whether or not he possessed the precise intent to premeditate and deliberate the homicide due to his youth and immaturity and different diagnostic elements.
If convicted he might’ve been launched on parole after 25 years as a result of he was a juvenile.
He was ultimately charged with second-degree homicide, which doesn’t require that proof.
The killing came about in a cellular residence park in Weaverville, North Carolina
According to Disability Memorial, Hensley labored at American Eagle the place her co-workers remembered her as a ‘ray of sunshine’.
At the time of Hensley’s dying her heartbroken mom launched a press release calling her a hero.
‘She was the perfect factor that ever occurred to me and will probably be missed by so many,’ Susan Maltry stated..
‘She is and can all the time be my hero. In 18 years she has [brought] me a lot. Kayla was sunshine in each particular person she knew.
‘She has overcome many downfalls in life. She was born with CP and was instructed she would by no means stroll, she walked. She was born deaf, and had cochlear implants and was in a position to hear. If anybody instructed her she couldn’t, she made positive to show them incorrect. She was an incredible woman! There’s nothing I might say to make folks see how really blessed I used to be to have her in my life. She was and all the time will probably be my hero,’ she stated to WLOS.