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Man who fraudulently obtained counsel convicted of felony assault

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

From the office of  Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney:

Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire announced that late last night a Louisa jury convicted William Henry of felony assault and recommended he serve five additional years in prison.

William Henry is the poster child on the problem with our system that allows people with means to fraudulently obtain court appointed counsel.  Recently he was convicted of perjury and forgery for his application and appointment of counsel.  For years Mr. Henry applied for court appointed counsel when charged with criminal offenses.  When he applied he failed to mention the house that he owned, without a mortgage, or his rental income.  While he obtained counsel on his charges base on his perjured representations, an investigation by Louisa authorities resulted in charges of fraud and perjury.  He was convicted on October 24, 2012 at a bench trial for the fraud and perjury offenses and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 27, 2012 where he faces 42 years behind bars.   

Mr. Henry prevailed on many of his previous charges amid allegations of bribing witnesses and obstruction of justice.  One of the victims from his previous charges was his tenant or roommate.  She took the stand yesterday at his jury trial for Henry’s brutal attack of her in 2010.  She admitted she was reluctant to testify because Mr. Henry provided her rent free accomodations in exchange for her silence.  Her previous silence required the Commonwealth to suspend charges against Mr. Henry.  However, yesterday she broke her silence and told how Mr. Henry severely beat her and stomped on her with his foot while she was on the ground in 2010.  One of her injuries resulted in surgery that required numerous staples and she carries a scar for life.

On speaking of his conviction Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jessica Norris said “we are pleased with the jury in holding Mr. Henry accountable.  Nobody should take advantage of the system or others.  I want to thank our intern Wade Gelbert who served as co-counsel on these cases.”

Mr. Henry is scheduled to be sentenced on the fraud and perjury charges on 12/27/12 and is scheduled to be sentenced on the felony wounding on 2/5/13.