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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Man found guilty in Henry County on assaulting a law enforcement officer

The Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on May 4, 2021, Cody Jennings, 29, Clinton, was found guilty by a Henry County jury of assault in third degree of a law enforcement officer and felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney LaChrisha Gray prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Missouri. Jennings was represented by his counsel.

The Prosecutor’s Office filed charges based on a June 2018 incident in which Corporal Graham with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office had contact with Jennings inside Windsor City Hall and discovered that Jennings had an outstanding warrant. Corporal Graham attempted to take Jennings into custody on that warrant, but Jennings physically resisted Corporal Graham. The physical struggle with Jennings led Corporal Graham to dispatch for assistance from other officers.

After other officers arrived to assist, approximately ten minutes after the beginning of the physical struggle, Jennings was finally placed into custody and then found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Throughout the course of the incident, Corporal Graham sustained injuries to his head and hand. There were also damages to the inside of Windsor City Hall.

Jennings pled not guilty and requested a jury trial, which was conducted on May 4, 2021. Eighty Henry County citizens were summoned to appear for the jury selection process.

Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray presented witnesses, video, and other evidence of the incident to the jury for consideration. The case was submitted to the jury of twelve at approximately 5:15 PM and a verdict was rendered a short time later.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty to both counts. Sentencing is not yet set as a sentencing assessment report will need to be generated by Missouri Probation and Parole and Jennings has another case pending for assault in the first degree of a law enforcement officer.

According to Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray, Jennings faces up to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the two counts.