- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A gang member whose crimes included a drug deal that he apparently video-recorded himself - with a toddler inches away - was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a federal judge in New Orleans.

The sentence was handed down Wednesday against 21-year-old William Henderson.

Nola.com ‘ The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1yAoB1v) that Henderson pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy in connection with a street gang in New Orleans’ Hollygrove neighborhood.

Henderson’s cell phone, seized by police after a 2013 arrest, provided a trove of evidence against him.

It included video of a 2012 drug deal that took place in a car. The lens was trained on an unknown buyer as drugs were passed from the front seat to the back. Also in the frame was a small child.

In the courtroom gallery behind him Henderson’s mother shut her eyes and raised her hand above her bowed head. Henderson’s brother and co-defendant, Thomas Henderson, also has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the case, and has yet to be sentenced.

“I’m sorry for, you know, participating in what I participated in,” said Henderson, who had challenged the characterization of his past brushes with the law during previous hearings.

“I take full responsibility for what I did. I’m sorry to my parents for what I did.”

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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