By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
The embattled Murray County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of tampering with a witness in a civil rights investigation pleaded guilty to those charges Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said in a prepared statement that 41-year-old Michael Henderson will be sentenced on May 31 and could receive up to 20 years behind bars.
According to Yates, Henderson falsely reported to other deputies that a white Dodge vehicle was transporting illegal drugs. The now ex-captain and another deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and arrested the occupants on meth possession charges. However in truth, the drugs had been planted in the wheel well of the vehicle by someone else.
When confronted by agents, Henderson lied that he had no knowledge of the matter. He was terminated from his position with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office on August 31, 2012. Another deputy involved in the traffic stop was also charged separately.
Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation into the violation of law and public trust.
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