For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: April 14, 2006

Henry Enters Guilty Plea in Death of Her Husband

(Boise) – Rawnie Henry pleaded guilty today to the crimes of second-degree murder and first-degree arson in the death of her husband, Joseph Glen Henry, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. As part of a mediated plea agreement, Henry accepted a life prison sentence with 35 years fixed. Fifth District Judge John K. Butler accepted Henry’s plea, and Henry was remanded to jail until her sentencing on June 9, 2006.

Investigators determined that Joseph Henry died from a gunshot wound on October 8, 2004. In the early morning hours of November 17, 2004, the couple’s home was burned to the ground to cover up the murder. Human remains were found in the ashes of the home and were later determined to be those of Joseph. Rawnie Henry pleaded not guilty on January 6, 2006, to first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and destruction of evidence in the death of her husband. Today, Henry changed her plea to guilty.

The plea agreement entered today was reached through mediation. “This is the first time my office has used mediation as a tool to resolve a first-degree murder case,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Justice will be served by Ms. Henry spending a minimum of 35 years in prison. As a result of the mediated resolution, the Jerome County taxpayers will not bear the significant cost of a murder trial and any appeals.”

“The successful resolution of this case is due in large part to the fine investigative work of Idaho State Police investigator Nathan Corder and Jocelyne Nunnally, Chief Deputy Sheriff for Jerome County,” Attorney General Wasden said.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division prosecuted the case at the request of Jon Nicholson, Jerome County Prosecuting Attorney. 

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