P R E S S R E L E A S E
November 13, 2019
State of Florida v. Jessica Jeanne Henry
Clerk Number: 2019 101165 CFDL
Henry sentenced to 10 years for exploitation of elderly veteran
DELAND – This afternoon, Jessica Jeanne Henry was sentenced to 10 years in a state prison facility for elderly exploitation of an elderly person, a second-degree felony, organized scheme to defraud, a second-degree felony, and conspiracy to commit exploitation of an elderly person, a third-degree felony. The sentence was rendered by Circuit Judge James R. Clayton.
In May 2019, the victim, a 22-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran, called the Veterans Crisis Center hotline saying he wanted to commit suicide because he had ran out of money to take care of himself. Henry, who befriended the veteran with the sole intent of taking his money, exploited the victim out of approximately $56,000. After being arrested and ordered to have no contact with the victim, Henry reached out and asked him to bond her out, which he did.
Assistant State Attorney Sarah Thomas prosecuted the case and Judge Clayton presided over the case.
State Attorney R.J. Larizza said the following about the sentence: “We should all be disgusted by what the defendant did in this case. She used the Victim’s sense of caring and generosity against him—for her own selfish and petty gain. Hopefully this case will inspire us to protect and defend those who have do so for our great Nation.”
For more information contact:
John Scott | Public Information Officer | Office of the State Attorney, 7th Circuit | 251 N. Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 | 904-891-7871 (cell) | 386-239-7710 ext. 14922