Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Too Sweet indicted for illegal firearm possession, conspiracy, & bribery

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson on August 3 for illegal possession of two firearms.  Governor Haley Barbour pardoned Henderson for several convictions of drug possession and receiving stolen property.  However,  the indictment states Henderson was convicted of felony theft in Illinois in 1996.  The indictment is posted below.  The case is assigned to Judge Bill Gowan. 
Henderson was arrested on July 29 for two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery with former Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson.  Johnson pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to accept payments in exchange for granting favorable treatment to defendants.  County Court Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. set bond at $100,000 for Henderson.  However, A Hinds County grand jury indicted Henderson on August 3 for two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery. The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jeff Weill.

The indictment charges him with one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy, and classifies him as a habitual offender. The indictment states:

The Defendant was convicted in the Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, First Judicial District, on or about November 17, 2009; in Case number 96-2-003 for the crime of Possession of Cocaine, and

The defendant was also convicted in the Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, First Judicial District on or about September 20, 2012, in Case number 91-1-143 for the crime of Receiving Stolen Goods
However, Henderson received a full pardon from Governor Haley Barbour for those convictions in 2012. 

Kingfish note: Perhaps smarter minds than mine (not saying much) can explain something to me.  Henderson's Mississippi slate was wiped clean by the pardon.  Can the record of his earlier Mississippi convictions be mentioned in the indictments? At what point is a pardon not a pardon?

 Posted below is Governor Barbour's pardons.  Henderson is the very last one on the list.  


Daves not here said...

Hey X gov what have you got to say?

Anonymous said...

Clarion Ledger,

When the Felix coverage is over, perhaps you can do a story on all of barbour's pardons whom have been arrested since boss hog set them free. May increase readership... Jerry we know you read this blog.

Anonymous said...

If he was convicted in Illinois of a felony then the Haley pardon has zero effect

Capt Wm said...

Looks like Guvner Hogg took his cue from the time Castro cleaned his worst criminals out of jail and sent them as "refugees" to infest Miami. Thanks Boss Barbour for the murders and scumbags you dumped on us. I know Miz Irby paid you well, but WTF did you get for releasing all the common scumbags??

On a similar note, Boss Hogg, you also showed how much you care about your fellow Miss'ippians by repeatedly vetoing our Eminent Domain Reform every year. You wouldn't think twice about taking our 5 generation family farm if your f'n developer buddies could make a few bucks. POS.

Anonymous said...

Fat Ass can KMA!!! Wouldn't vote for him for ANY position ever again.

Anonymous said...

"Governor Haley Barbour pardoned Henderson for several convictions of drug possession and receiving stolen property. "

Way to go Guv'nah Hawg Jowls.

This is what happens when parole decisions are made after hitch'n up yer britches and sip'n a few ber'bons on the tailgate of a F-150 in a Yazoo pasture.

Anonymous said...

There is no logical reason for a governor, or president, to have the ability to pardon convicted felons. They have no expertise on the cases, and it invites bribes or political favors. Some of Barbours pardons were related to friends or supporters and had relatively minor offenses. Some are highly questionable, and I can't believe a guy as smart as Haley would do something so dumb without some significant influence. What that influence was, we may never know, but it can't be good.

Anonymous said...

Hope this stands. Interesting that Mississippi is enforcing the law of another state. Or is that correct?

Anonymous said...

no, not enforcing law of another state. its a felony in Mississippi, and under federal law, for any person, convicted of any felony, in any state or federal court, to possess any kind of firearm. he is indicted pursuant to a Mississippi criminal statute.

no, KF, I don't think the pardoned felonies could lawfully be used in the indictment; you could put them in the content, but would be mere surplusage subject to a motion to strike that language. his pardoned felonies didn't make his firearm possession illegal IMO.

Anonymous said...

Are pardons completely beyond being investigated after the fact? If this guy gets convicted of bribery, would that bring into question his pardon and cause questions as to whether or not there was some bribery involved there as well?
If there was, I would almost tend to think that it probably wasn't H.B. that took a bribe (unless Sweet has come major connections to some major cash), but rather someone on his staff that got the pardon pushed through by the gov. It still was under his hand and on his watch, though.

Anonymous said...

6:54 here. I don't think the bribery charges can be prosecuted as HO using the pardoned convictions as priors. Not certain what the AGs strategy is there, or if its simply that Stan didn't know about the pardons when he signed the indictment. More likely the latter.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused, if you pardoned your record is cleaned, so you are restored your rights.. It looks like Stanly Alexander is miss using his AG power to retaileat on Henderson.. Now the Feds needs to go get Batman Alberrt Donaldson from prison and find what was the pay out to win the murder case that Stan blew as a assistant DA in hinds county.. The street committee says it was 250k to walk..

Anonymous said...

Signed by Stan "Can't Let Go" Alexander

Anonymous said...

Dear confused at 8:15: If you are pardoned in Mississippi, you are only pardoned for crimes committed and sentenced in Mississippi. Mississippi governors have no authority to pardon offenses from other states, thus those remain on the record.

Anonymous said...

I've worked at the courthouse for over 15 years. First of all, it was the Attorney General's public integrity division that convicted Batman about 5 years ago and put him in prison. Why would Alexander take a payoff and then turn around and convict Batman of another crime? Secondly, Alexander didn't try the Batman murder case that you say he "blew". I realize your spell check doesn't work (retaileat)but at least you could get your facts straight about who took which cases to trial.

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