Okolona man convicted of sexual battery

Staff reports

OKOLONA - An Okolona man was sentenced here Wednesday afternoon of sexual battery.

Donald Henry, 57, was convicted of sexual battery of a child under the age of 14 and sentenced to 20 years without possibility of parole.

Charges were incurred on Dec. 5, 1998, and a trial date set for October 2000, but Henry fled the state, said District Attorney Jim Hood. He was apprehended in Chicago, Hood said, and a new trial set.

The victim was an 8-year-old family member, Hood said. Henry is also under indictment in an abuse case involving the victim's brother and sister.

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