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Man sentenced for firearm offense after taking woman to Arizona

Posted at 1:16 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 15:16:40-04

A man who impersonated a police officer to take a woman from Gallatin County after threatening her family to his employer in Phoenix, Arizona, will spend the next 4 years in prison.

Clarence Edward Henderson, 50, a former resident of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced Friday, April 6, to 48 months in prison followed by 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty to felon in possession of firearms in August 2007.

According to court documents, in late December 2005, Henderson and two other men were sent by their employer to a Gallatin County residence to take a woman back to Phoenix, after the Christmas holiday.  

She agreed to return to Arizona so her family would not be harmed.  The three men wore “Special Agent” badges. Law enforcement seized two pistols, magazines, ammunition, a set of handcuffs, and a knuckle knife.  Henderson said he handled the firearms during the drive between Arizona and Montana and his employer, provided the firearms for his use. Henderson was arrested for impersonating a police officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.  Henderson’s prior felony convictions include robbery in Ohio and aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, attempted transportation of methamphetamine for sale, and forgery from Arizona.

Henderson did not appear at his sentencing hearing set in May 2009 and was arrested in North Carolina in November of last year.  U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy handed down the sentence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette Stewart and investigated by the Bozeman Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.