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March 8, 2018
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Alabama Attorney General
ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE MARSHALL ANNOUNCES SENTENCING OF
CONVICTED FORMER JEFFERSON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES
TODD HENDERSON TO SERVE SIX MONTHS IN JAIL
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Jefferson County
District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson today received a two-year sentence, which was
suspended for a term of six months in jail followed by 12 months of probation. Henderson was
convicted of first-degree perjury on October 20, 2017.
Henderson was elected District Attorney in 2016, but due to his indictment in January of 2017,
he was barred from assuming the office and his subsequent conviction rendered him ineligible.
According to the sentence, if Henderson violates the terms and conditions of his probation, he
will be remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of the
two-year balance of imprisonment. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, a $1,000
Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund assessment, and a $100 bail bond fee.
The charges arose from testimony Henderson gave prior to his election, in a domestic relations
case in Jefferson County. Henderson had served as a guardian ad litem for a child whose
custody was at issue in the case. The testimony involved questions about an undisclosed
relationship Henderson developed with the child’s mother prior to his appointment. He was
asked whether he had spent the night with the woman, which he denied. The Attorney
General’s Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence at trial that indicated he had in fact
spent the night with the woman, to whom he now is married. The jury convicted Henderson
after deliberating for less than one day.
“Today’s sentence is a just and fair resolution of this case,” said Attorney General Marshall. “As
a former District Attorney, I was especially proud to have my Special Prosecutions Division
work to hold this defendant accountable for his shocking and appalling conduct. All officers of
the court – and prosecutors in particular – must adhere to the highest standard of integrity.
Those who fail to do so by breaking the law should expect to be prosecuted.”
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