A notorious wedding crasher who stole tens of thousands of dollars and credit cards in a string of heists across three southern U.S. states in recent years is free again.
Despite being on probation, Mississippi resident Sandra Lynn Henson, 57, was arrested again for crashing a wedding on Sept. 30.
Henson pleaded guilty this week to misdemeanour charges of petit larceny, trespassing and disturbing the peace and was ordered to pay a $650 fine and to reappear in court next year for an update on her case.
Lexi Butler, a 22-year-old bride who was one of Henson’s recent victims, was surprised she wasn’t kept behind bars for her constant criminal behaviour.
“It’s unfair,” Butler told USA Today. “She has robbed so many people of precious time, memories, and gifts, but she never has to own up to her wrongdoing. I can’t believe no one is taking this seriously.”
Another victim, 34-year-old Kait Dorrough, said Henson stole $200 in cash on her wedding night.
“It’s insane,” she said. “She’s been doing this for quite some time and I don’t think she has any intention to stop.”
In the last six years, Henson has been arrested and charged in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee following the meticulously planned robberies.
But she continues to be set free by the courts in each state after paying fines and being given probation.
Tyler Melton, a sergeant with the Florence Police Department in Alabama whose force arrested Henson in 2019, has been working with victims in a pending case.
He finds it “extremely frustrating” that Henson continues to get a slap on the wrist.
“I’m surprised she hasn’t caught a beat-down from an angry bridesmaid because that’s how it goes down here in the South,” Melton said.
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