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6/07/05 Slain baby's mom formally sentenced
BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Tulsa World (Final Home Edition),
Page A16 of News
Saying the case illustrated the horrible results of drug use, a judge sentenced Jeannie Henderson to eight years in prison for two felonies, including a manslaughter conviction linked to her baby's burning death. At Monday's formal sentencing, District Judge Tom Thornbrugh said anyone who suspects that drugs are victimless crimes "ought to have to take a look at the picture of your son, who died on that floor furnace." People thinking about using methamphetamine "should have to listen to your story," the judge told Henderson, 20. She stood trial for second-degree murder, but a jury found her guilty of second-degree man slaughter. Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris contended that 8-month-old Christian Marten burned to death Dec. 14, 2003, at his home at 1933 S. Indianapolis Ave. because his mother, deprived of sleep during a weekend drug binge, passed out and didn't hear his screams. Jurors returned no verdict on the murder accusation, which allowed a possible life sentence. Henderson received the maximum term allowed for the lesser offense of second-degree manslaughter: four years in prison. She was acquitted of a felony count of child neglect, which contained allegations that Christian's 3-year-old sister, Katelyn Henderson, watched her brother burn to death because of the drug-related conduct of Henderson and co-defendant Jerry Lee Marten. Jurors found Henderson guilty of possessing methamphetamine in the presence of children younger than 12 and imposed a four-year sentence and a $25 fine. The jury handed her a 90-day jail term for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Thornbrugh ordered the two four-year prison terms to run consecutively and ruled that Henderson has discharged her misdemeanor jail term. She has been in the Tulsa Jail since Jan. 22, 2004. After the verdicts were returned early May 27, Thornbrugh set formal sentencing for July 11. That date was moved up when Henderson waived her right to have a background report prepared before sentencing. Defense lawyer Patrick Adams said Henderson has obtained her GED and attended Bible studies while in jail and "has tried to be a positive influence" on other inmates. Henderson went to sleep on a couch that police measured as only five feet from the furnace. When she awakened, she found Christian burned, motionless in his walker, evidence indicated. Christian's father, Jerry Marten, still faces second-degree murder, neglect and drug counts.
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