August 10, 2016
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that former Nevada Department of Corrections Correctional Officer Ronald Henderson was sentenced on one felony count of misconduct of a public officer, a category “E” felony. Henderson previously pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to introduce a controlled substance, methamphetamine, into High Desert State Prison. The conspiracy transpired between August and September 2015.
Henderson was charged with participating in a plan to smuggle 12.7 grams of methamphetamine for an inmate in High Desert State Prison. The conspiracy was uncovered by the Nevada Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General, through the surveillance of inmate phone calls.
“The defendant placed personal greed above both the health and safety of his fellow employees, as well as the public he was sworn to protect,” said Laxalt. “My Office will continue to partner with other state agencies in an effort to bring individuals who commit these crimes to justice, and ensure the safety of Nevada’s prisons and the public.”
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Stefany Miley sentenced Henderson to 12-30 months in the Department of Corrections, suspended, and was placed on probation. As a term of his probation, he was also ordered to serve 30 days of jail time in the Clark County Detention Center.
This case was investigated by the Nevada Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General. The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division prosecuted this case.
To view the criminal Information for Henderson, click here.
(Photo Courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)