Murray County

June 1, 2013

Former sheriff captain’s sentencing postponed

A former Murray County Sheriff’s Office captain who pleaded guilty to obstruction in a tangled case officials have said centers around a since-resigned judge’s questionable behavior is still set to be sentenced in federal court. It’s just unclear when.

Michael Henderson was scheduled to be sentenced at the federal courthouse in Rome Friday afternoon, but a clerk there said the case was continued indefinitely. Henderson faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Bob Page said he didn’t know why the sentencing was postponed and was unable to immediately reach one of the attorneys working on the case to ask questions.

Henderson’s attorney, Larry Stagg, didn’t immediately return a phone call, and a working phone number for Henderson could not be found.

Henderson is a cousin of former Murray County chief magistrate Bryant Cochran, who resigned from office last summer citing an unrelated reason shortly after a woman whose case was before him accused Cochran of sexually soliciting her in exchange for a favorable ruling.

Cochran has through an attorney denied that charge and denied accusations that he arranged for her to be arrested on a drug charge in an effort to discredit her. That woman, Angela Garmley, was in a vehicle Henderson instructed sheriff’s deputy Joshua Greeson to be on the lookout for. Greeson later arrested Garmley, charging her with possession of meth after finding a can of the drug magnetically attached underneath her car.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry later determined someone had planted drugs on Garmley’s vehicle. Henderson has said through Stagg that he was accused of lying because he told investigators he had not talked with anyone about Garmley’s case when he had. Greeson, who also pleaded guilty to obstruction for lying in the investigation, said Henderson told him to participate in the cover-up. Stagg has said that’s not true.

Greeson’s sentencing is scheduled for June 28 at 1:30 p.m. He also faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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