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Homeless Veteran Faces Up To 20 Years In Bank Robbery

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris, Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 3, 2014 11:41 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
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Homeless Bank Robbery
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

A homeless veteran who said he robbed a Huntington bank because he was desperate for something to eat and needed a place to sleep has pleaded guilty.

Charles Henderson will face up to 20 years in prison for robbing the Chase Bank on Fifth Avenue in Huntington in March 2014. He pleaded guilty in Cabell County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

During a previous interview with Eyewitness News, Henderson, who is in his 50s, talked about what led to his actions.

"I did what I had to do to try to survive,” Henderson said. “All I wanted was something to eat and a place to sleep that night to get out of the . . . cold. I didn't mean for it to turn out the way that it did, and I can't take it back.”

Henderson said his troubles started in December when he was evicted from subsidized housing. Without a home and transportation, he also lost his job. Henderson claims he exhausted every option to find help, but said after three months, he just gave up.

Henderson said he did not want to hurt anyone.

“I didn't put anyone in danger. I walked in and walked out. I feel sorry and I know I got to be held accountable for it," he said



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