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 coaxed 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 Prosecutor: "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. He writes: "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."

    Shaun Murphy, Volunteer in Corrections: "I have had the privilege to work on occasion with Ms. Henderson in my
    capacity as a volunteer for the Missouri Department of Corrections. She has served as both a participant and offender leader
    for the organization... Ms. Henderson has been instrumental to establishing support for the program within the facility,
    mentoring offenders and leading various activities related to 4-H LIFE. She has also become an excellent spokesperson for the
    program and has visited with media, State of Missouri correctional officials, National 4-H Council representatives, and other
    stakeholders... I sincerely believe that Ms. Henderson's actions, leadership and willingness to serve shows that she has been

    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."

    Armand and June Peterson, Chillicothe Iron and Steel. "Judy was at the wrong place at the wrong time, but she did not
    commit the murder, she was guilty by her presence. The sentence was harsh and she has more than paid for her crime."

    Elise Crain, Ozark, Missouri: "[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 feet."

    Paula Gott, Springfield, Missouri: "What can't be seen, however, 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 fundraisers 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
    Robert Ramsey, 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