Henderson Found Guilty At Magistrate Level
Joseph A. Henderson, 42, and formerly of Sistersville, was found guilty today after a trial of the misdemeanor offense of “reporting a false emergency incident.”
This news comes from a statement released by Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee’s office, via the “Tyler County, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney” Facebook page.
According to Furbee’s office, the crime was committed on October 23, 2018 when Henderson placed a call to the Tyler County 911 Center and reported that several individuals had been shot and killed in his apartment in Sistersville.
“Law enforcement units responded to this complaint and found that it was completely false.”
Henderson was sentenced to the maximum term of incarceration of six months in jail, with credit for time already served, which is required under law.
“If all commutation for good conduct time remains intact, the total actual sentence will be three months. This is also required by law provided good conduct time is not forfeited by Mr. Henderson.”
It is noted Henderson is to self-report to the North Central Regional Jail on March 6. He also had 20 days to lodge an appeal in the Circuit Court, and has “an automatic and absolute right to appeal his conviction to Circuit Court, if he desires.”
“If he does, the sentence is automatically stayed pursuant to law, and he will automatically receive a new trial in Circuit Court.”
This case was investigated by Sistersville Police Department and was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney D. Luke Furbee.