Mississippi man pleads for federal retaliatory charge

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) – A Mississippi man admitted to making a false statement that he owed him $ 500,000 because an FBI agent and others refused to drop the criminal charges against him.

Robert Earl Henderson Jr., 49, of Jackson, pleaded guilty Monday to one charge of retaliation against a federal employee, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jackson and the FBI.

Henderson filed documents in 2018 accusing an FBI agent, the then Hinds County Sheriff, 20 unidentified officers and his own lawyer of mistreatment, the statement said.

Then-county prosecutor Robert Shuler Smith was tried in 2016 for conspiracy to obstruct prosecution. Henderson, who had campaigned for Smith, testified that he took bribe money from Smith from three other people who were facing criminal charges. Smith’s trial in 2016 ended with a suspended jury. Smith was tried again in 2017 and a jury acquitted him.

In 2018, Smith was acquitted of a robbery charge and jurors could not decide whether to convict him of stalking.

Henderson filed documents in July 2018 in the Hinds County Circuit Clerk’s office after prosecutors refused to drop charges of bribery and possession of a firearm as a criminal against him, according to the FBI and US Attorney press release. These charges are still pending.

Smith died in September after being injured in a traffic accident.

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