Judge recommends man for prison boot camp

November 30, 1999|By PEPPER BALLARD

A 23-year-old man told a Washington County Circuit judge Tuesday before he was sentenced on a drug distribution charge that he has been using drugs since he was 14 and began selling them four years later.

Nathaniel Eugene Henderson Jr., whose last known address was 58 Winter St., was sentenced Tuesday to seven years and six months in prison by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. after Henderson pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine. Long said he would recommend Henderson for a prison boot camp.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force made two controlled $100 purchases of crack cocaine in June and August 2005 from Henderson, aka "Nails," Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.

In 2004, Henderson pleaded guilty to two counts of cocaine distribution and was placed on probation, with more than three years of backup time, Wilson said.


Henderson's attorney, Stephen Sacks, told Long that Henderson is "very soft-spoken" and is "salvageable."

Sacks told Long it is hard to find work with drug convictions on one's record.

"Are you a user or a seller or are you both?" Long asked Henderson, who hung his head while Sacks spoke.

"Both," he responded. Responding to questions, Henderson said he began using drugs at age 14 and began selling them at 18.

"Is this the way you want to live your life?" Long asked him.

"No," Henderson responded. He later said, "I have goals. But with drugs, I can't get a job. I can't pass a urinalysis."

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