Father who shot son gets plea agreement
WARRENTON — Rufus “Boone” Henderson Jr., the father charged with shooting his son Jan. 10, has struck a plea agreement in Warren County Superior Court.
Appearing this week before Judge Robert Hobgood, Henderson agreed to a firearm possession charge and was released on a suspended sentence. Henderson, 46, was given 18 months probation, suspending 18 months of a 13-25 month sentence.
Henderson will not have to serve active time in prison. The deal dropped a charge of armed assault with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, according to court documents.
According to investigative notes by Det. Sgt. Michael Wells of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, an 8:50 p.m. call on Jan. 10 brought deputies to The Blue Store, 647 Main St., Warrenton, because of a shooting.
Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams referred to the location of the same address as B B Grocery.
Rufus Henderson III, 21, a Louisburg resident, had been injured at the scene. Medical responders prepared him for transport to Mariah Parham Medical Center, his condition unknown at that time.
Wells noted the two were in a “physical altercation” in the parking lot outside of the Blue Store. He added that Rufus Henderson Jr. retreated to a “camo-colored Toyota four-by-four with chrome wheels,” got a firearm and “fired multiple times at Henderson III, then left in the Toyota.”
Another deputy located the elder Henderson at a Country Oak Drive, Warrenton, address and brought him in to the sheriff’s office. He “spontaneously” confessed to shooting his son, according to Wells, who added he observed the Toyota with two apparent bullet holes through the front windshield and two 20-gauge shotgun shells in the flatbed area of the truck.
Williams said soon after the incident and arrest that the younger Henderson was talking with law enforcement officers before leaving the scene. He was later airlifted to another hospital.
According to state prison records, Rufus Henderson Jr. has convictions on four assault charges, a drug trafficking felony, and multiple larceny and forgery charges. He served time for a total of five years cumulatively out of nearly 20 years imposed in the early 1990s.
The criminal history came into consideration on formulating a sentence and the firearm possession by a convicted felon charge.
His latest conviction, on March 10, 2003, was on charges of having stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He received probation for the charges.
Rufus Henderson Jr. had been released on $30,000 bond since serving one day in jail following his arrest, according to court records.
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