- On Tuesday Claude Henderson II, 17, was sentenced to 16 to 25 years in jail for murdering his 18-year-old disabled sister three years ago in North Carolina
- On November 11, 2017, Henderson, then 14, killed his sister Kayla Dezaray Hensley, who had cerebral palsy and was deaf
- Her body was found suffering lacerations to the neck with a canvas belt still wrapped around it near a dumpster in a mobile home park
- He confessed to the killing during an interview with police after attack
A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to at least 16 years in jail for murdering his disabled sister and dumping her body near a dumpster nearly three years ago.
Claude Henderson II, 17, of Reems Creek, North Carolina pleaded guilty on September 8 in Buncombe Superior Court to the second-degree murder of his sister Kayla Dezaray Hensley.
Henderson was just 14 when he killed his sister Hensley, 18, who had cerebral palsy and was deaf, on November 11, 2017.
In this grisly murder, Hensley’s body was found near a dumpster near a Weaverville mobile home park suffering several lacerations to the neck with a canvas belt wrapped around it.
In this grisly murder, Hensley’s body was found near a dumpster near a Weaverville mobile home park suffering several lacerations to the neck with a canvas belt wrapped around it
Police arrived to a mobile home park on Brinwood Drive in Weaverville around 10.42pm after an emergency call. In interviews with officers, Henderson confessed to killing his sister. Hensley was killed inside the family home, according to an investigation.
Deputies seized three knives, a box cutter and a belt found around Hensley’s neck.
Henderson was sentenced to 16 to 25 years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections with credit for three years for time served since the horrific killing, according to the District Attorney’s release.
‘My heart goes out to Kayla’s mother Susan Maltry who has showed great emotional strength and grace in working with both investigators, court personnel and my office throughout this unspeakable tragedy. I wish her peace and healing,’ Buncombe District Attorney Todd Williams said in a press release.