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Fort Worth man acquitted of capital murder gets 40 years for robbery

Ra’an Henderson, left, was acquitted of a capital murder charge in February but was convicted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, of aggravated robbery in an unrelated case. His brother, Romon Henderson, right, who is serving a life sentence in the capital murder case, was charged but not tried in the robbery.
Ra’an Henderson, left, was acquitted of a capital murder charge in February but was convicted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, of aggravated robbery in an unrelated case. His brother, Romon Henderson, right, who is serving a life sentence in the capital murder case, was charged but not tried in the robbery.

A 27-year-old Fort Worth man who was acquitted of a capital murder charge in February was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for an unrelated aggravated robbery that occurred about two weeks before the slaying.

Brothers Ra’an Henderson, 27, and Romon Henderson, 29, were charged in both cases.

In the capital murder case, they were accused of robbing and fatally shooting Sheila Johnson, 57, an Air Force veteran who worked at the 4A Good Auction House, 3921 Mansfield Highway.

Johnson, who sometimes slept at the business because of a string of break-ins, was found dead in the building on April 13, 2014. The crime scene indicated that Johnson had put up a fight, emptying the magazine of a .22-caliber rifle in a shootout.

Ra’an Henderson was tried first. In February, a jury acquitted him. In May, Romon Henderson was convicted of capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

The Henderson brothers were also charged with a crime that occurred about 2 1/2 weeks before Johnson was killed — the home-invasion-style armed robbery of a woman who reported being held up by two men on March 26, 2014, at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Homedale Drive, according to a police report.

Ra’an Henderson was arrested in April 2014, initially on a parole violation, but he was later charged with aggravated robbery, court records say. Romon Henderson was arrested in May 2014 on an aggravated robbery charge, according to court records.

“In the course of committing this offense, [Ra’an Henderson] exploited a friendship to obtain property, and used his brother to help commit the offense,” prosecutor Tracey Kapsidelis said.

“Upon hearing about the details of his previous offenses, the jury rendered a 40-year sentence, ensuring that this community is safe from this criminal for a while.”

In the brothers’ capital murder cases, the different outcomes were due to differences in the evidence that prosecutors presented, prosecutor Michele Hartmann said. Romon Henderson had given a statement to police that was introduced into evidence, and there was both circumstantial and direct evidence against him, she said.

Ra’an Henderson had not given a statement to police, so his case was based completely on circumstantial evidence, Hartmann said.

Hartmann and Kapsidelis also prosecuted Ra’an Henderson in the aggravated robbery case in state District Judge Scott Wisch’s court. Tim Moore, who defended Ra’an Henderson at his capital murder trial, also represented him at this week’s trial.

Romon Henderson is in the Byrd prison in Huntsville and was not tried in the robbery.

Ra’an Henderson had been out of prison about eight months when Johnson was killed. He was paroled in August 2013 after serving about four years of a nine-year sentence for aggravated robbery, according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman.

He remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday night awaiting transfer to the state prison system.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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