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Robert Henry convicted in murder of Kevin Jenks of Glens Falls

Robert Henry has handcuffs removed prior to hearing verdict in murder trial. Robert Henry has handcuffs removed prior to hearing verdict in murder trial. | Photo: Mark Mulholland / WNYT.

February 16, 2017 06:15 PM

QUEENSBURY - Robert Henry might never walk free again.

A jury of 9 men and 3 women finding him guilty Thursday of murder, robbery, and seven other counts in the July death of Kevin Jenks.

Henry and Kevin Chapman drove from Ilion New York to Jenks' Glens Falls home to rip him off. While stealing from him, they strangled and killed the 58-year-old Jenks.

"If they asked for anything, he probably would've given it to them," said Debbie McGuire, Jenks' best friend and former wife.

The jury spent a little more than two hours to find Henry guilty of all counts. He didn't testify and hid his face from our camera, but maintained all along that it was his friend Chapman who killed Jenks.

"Mr. Henry in this case, was adamant that he did not kill Mr. Jenks."

But prosecutors told the jury during opening and closing arguments that under the law they don't have to prove which man was responsible for Jenks' death. When a victim dies during commission of a felony like a burglary or robbery, both defendants are guilty of causing the death.

Robert Henry will be sentenced on March 30.

Henry has four prior felony convictions and could be sentenced to life as a persistent felon.

"I think that would be an appropriate punishment in light of his past criminal record," said Kate Hogan, Warren County District Attorney.

In the days after the murder, investigators found Jenks Cadillac and thousands of dollars worth of Jenks' merchandise in Ilion Motel rooms rented by Henry and Chapman.  

Jenks' friends call it tragic and ironic that he died while being ripped off, because he had a reputation for giving people anything they needed.

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Stephanie Willette, a long-time friend and co-worker at C.R. Bard was in the courtroom for much of the trial and as the verdict was read. "I am thrilled to death that everything came back guilty. I believe he was guilty and I believe that he was the ringleader."

Kevin Chapman testified against Henry. As part of an agreed upon plea deal, Chapman faces a minimum of 15 years to life and a maximum of 18 years to life when he's sentenced on Wednesday.
 

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