Please send letters supporting clemency for Judy Henderson to:
Governor Jay Nixon
Room 216, State Capitol Building
Jefferson City MO 65101
    Judy Henderson has served 33 years in prison for
    a murder committed by her boyfriend in 1981.
    Her trial judge noted in the "Extenuating
    Circumstances" portion of his report that Judy
    "... an accomplice in the capital felony committed
    by another person and her participation was
    relatively minor."

    The "other person" - the man who pulled the
    trigger - was acquitted; his co-conspirator was
    given immunity and testified at both trials. Judy,
    who admits that she led the victim to the location
    of what she believed would be a "robbery by
    intimidation," became the only one of the three
    participants to be convicted.

    Judy was sentenced to Life without Parole for a
    minimum of 50 years. She is now 65 years old.
Photo (above) taken for article that can be viewed at  
4-H Life Visit
October 15, 2011
Judy with daughter Angel
and grandchildren Jordan and Jarred
Judy's supporters include current and former State Senators and Representatives; judges;
lawyers; a former County Prosecutor; a former Federal Probation Officer;
Prison Superintendents and guards; social workers; ministers;
and the news reporter who covered the crime and attended both trials.

Excerpts from some of the letters they have written to the Governor's office over the years:

    Don Clough, Retired: Former Greene County Associate Circuit Judge, former Taney County Chief Prosecutor:
    "There is a cassette taped transcript of the oral arguments from Judy's 8th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the
    three (3) judges on the panel asked the Attorney General if he felt there was a possibility of 'sandbagging' going on in her
    case. The Assistant Attorney General answered, "that is a possibility.'"

    "I discussed [Judy's] case with the Governor [Carnahan] on several occasions...The result of these discussions was that he
    felt that Judy was entitled to relief and that he was inclined to give her request [for clemency] a favorable ruling at the
    appropriate time...I decided to give the Governor as much time as he needed ... As you know Mel was killed in a plane
    wreck before making a favorable ruling on Judy's petition."

    Mike St. Vrain, former Federal Probation Office: "This woman has undergone change and growth during the 30 [plus]
    years ofher incarceration...I firmly believe releasing Judy Henderson and allowing her to return to the community will be a
    positive experience for all parties. She has the support and love of her family, and Judy will be a law abiding citizen who will
    cherish and appreciate her freedom."

    Dale Whiteside, State Representative District 7 (retired): "I have been visiting Judy ... over the past 10 years, here at
    our Chillicothe prison. I probably know Judy Henderson about as well as anyone and Marilou and I will continue to support
    her in anyway we can after her release. She has an excellent home plan and support group to assist her after she is released."

    Robert Ramsey, Attorney at Law: "Unfortunately, the inadvertence of the trial court, coupled with the malevolent
    intentions of the conflicted trial attorney, resulted in a tragic miscarriage of justice wherein the more culpable defendant,
    Greg Cruzen, was able to manipulate the legal system and be unjustly rewarded with an acquittal. The other obvious
    participant of this robbery/murder, Don Littlejohn, was able to procure a great immunity."

    Pastor Bob Thornton, Harvest Tabernacle, Lebanon, Missouri: "I attended Judy's trial and have stayed in contact with
    her since. I also officiated the funeral of her mother and step-father, Tessie and Larry Hines. The chaplain at Chillicothe
    Correctional Center told me that Judy has been a model citizen and a very good example to all the other women there."

    James L. Rogers, Patriarch,  RLDS Church, Independence, Missouri: "My congregation and myself will do whatever
    we can to help Judy upon her release, whether it be a job, home plan or any other need."

    Mike Lair, State Representative, District 7, Chillicothe, Missouri: "Judy ... has taken advantage of every educational
    and self-improvement program available to her. Additionally, she has created a home support system that will help her
    reenter society in a successful fashion."

    Karen Backues, Offender at Chillicothe Correctional Center: Judy is a role model and an inspiration to me. She carries
    herself with the highest integrity and shows compassion in a way that can only be explained by life's lesson. She is well
    respected by both offenders and staff. Judy is a true leader and has given me emotional, spiritual and for a loack of better
    words, ethical advice thqat has helped me strive to be the best person I can be. I believe Judy's contributions to society are
    unlimited and I am blessed to have her in my life as a mentor.

    JoElla Sartin, Sister: I would like you to know that Judy was my role model growing up. Prior to her incarceration, she
    was a very well respected businesswoman. I grew up wanting to portray her professional mannerisms. As a result of Judy's
    mentoring me through high school and college, I was able to focus on the ability to become a successful business woman
    today. During her 30 years of being incarcerated, Judy continues to amaze me with her drive to succeed. Her continued
    desire to be professional and active in helping others serve their time meaningful says a lot about her true character.

    Elise Crain, retired construction executive and former member of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights:
    "[Judy] is the example of making lemonade from lemons. She is a mentor and a leader. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I am
    always in a good mood when we visit via telephone and in person. We have a place for her to live while she is getting on her

    Paula Gott, retired insurance industry executive: "What can't be seen ... is the unselfish work [Judy] does for others in
    spite of the limitations of her confinement. She sends a portion of her meager earnings to various charities, and she has
    organized and participated in a multitude of fund raisers for charitable causes. She is an inspiration, and I do my best to
    imitate her generosity and attitude toward life."

    Partial list of other supporters:

    Judge Don L. Wolff, Wolff & D'Agrosa, St. Louis Missouri
    Judge Michael A. Wolff, Missouri Supreme Court (retired)
    Bryan Goeke, Superintendent, Renz Correctional Center (retired)
    John J. Ammann, Attorney at Law, Saint Louis University
    Shannon Norman, Attorney at Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    Mary Neff, Attorney at Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    Nick Zotos, Attorney at Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    Judy Cromwell, Attorney at Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    Errol Copilevitz, Attorney at Law, Kansas City, Missouri.
    James Bartimus, Attorney at Law, Kansas City, Missouri.
    Louise Bauschard, LCSW
    Beckie Ponder and Reva Carr, former prison guards.
    Barbara Clauser, Springfield News-Leader (retired)

    State Representatives (past and present):

    Paul Quinn, District 9
    Beth Long, District 146
    George T. Kelly, District 130
    Bill Boucher, District 46
    Cindy Ostmann, District 14
    John Quinn, District 7
    Roy W. Holand, District 135
    Carson Ross, District 55
    Sam Gaskill, District 31
    Susan Phillips, District 32
    Merrill Townley, District 112
    Peter C. Myers, Sr. District 160
    Judy Berkstresser, District 141
    Estel Robirds, District 143
    Annie Reinhart, District 34
    Lane Cunningham, District 86
    Martin Hohulin, District 126
    Ronnie Miller, District 133
    Patrick A. Naeger, District 155
    Fred Pouche, District 30