BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man is facing 33 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of threatening his ex-girlfriend with a hammer and attempting to steal money from her and her neighbor, the Kern County District Attorney announced.
According to the DA's office, James Henderson was found guilty of first-degree robbery, false imprisonment with violence, and vandalism. This was Henderson's third strike, making him eligible for a life-sentence.
The DA's office said in October 2019, Henderson forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and threatened her with a hammer while demanding money. The DA's office said she gave him money but Henderson was unsatisfied. He then took the victim to a neighbors apartment and made her ask the neighbor for money, the DA's office said.
The neighbor saw the victim was in distress and was able to call the police. When police arrived, they found Henderson in possession of the hammer and the victim’s money.
The DA's office said Henderson was also found guilty of two prior convictions for serious or violent “strike” offenses, including one for gang-related narcotics offenses and one for a second-degree robbery.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 16.