By Lauren Brant
Sheridan County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Henry was arrested on Tuesday, June 12 on multiple felony charges.
Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested Henry following an incident on Tuesday. Suzanne Gage with the state attorney general’s office said Henry faces two charges of child abuse and strangulation, both Class III felonies.
Based on the Nebraska Revised Statute 28-105, the possible penalty for a Class III felony has a minimum charge of no imprisonment and nine months post-release supervision if imprisonment is imposed. The maximum penalty is up to four years imprisonment and two years post-release supervision, a $25,000 fine, or both.
Henry was employed with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the incident. He has over 16 years of law enforcement experience and has served as Deputy Sheriff for the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department since 2012. There is no information about how the present investigation will impact that.
The incident has been set for trial. In the case of State versus Chris Henry, the court appointed special prosecutor Doug Warner early Wednesday, June 13. Since Smith, King, Simmons, and Conn are employed by the county, they asked the court to appoint Warner for the case.
According to Gage, Henry was being housed in Scottsbluff before he bonded out on Friday. Special prosecutor Warner filed the case in Sheridan County county court. A hearing is scheduled for July 5 at 9 a.m. It will likely end up in district court since there are felony charges. The case remains under investigation.