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Henley man facing prison for assault, burglary

Henley man facing prison for assault, burglary

May 16th, 2019 in Local News

Derrick Woodbury

A Henley man was sentenced to four years in prison for pleading guilty to charges in connection with an assault case from May 2018 and a burglary case from June 2018.

During a Wednesday hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green, Derrick Woodbury, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. A charge of armed criminal action was dismissed by prosecutors.

In the assault case, a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement said officers found a female had been assaulted by Woodbury and had bruising, abrasions, cuts, punctures and swelling; she was in the 400 block of Clayton Drive.

According to the probable cause statement, the woman said Woodbury had come for a visit. While she was in the shower, Woodbury picked the lock to the bathroom door with a credit card and took her phone. A short time later, an argument ensued and Woodbury became violent when the woman asked him to leave. He broke property and threw the woman to the ground, dragging her by her hair when she would not give him her phone. Woodbury held a fixed blade knife to the woman's throat, demanding her phone password. He then tried to choke her, using his arm to cover her mouth. Woodbury then bit her left shoulder blade.

She was able to get away from Woodbury after taking the knife away from him after a struggle that left her with three puncture wounds and lacerations.

Woodbury told officers the woman attacked him with two knives, and her injuries were the result of him trying to disarm her.

Hair consistent with the woman's was found wrapped around the blade of the knife. The knife was attached to a military-style shoulder holster that contained two loaded pistol magazines. Woodbury was also found to be in possession of a duffle bag containing electronics, a military-style bayonet and more than 700 rounds of pistol ammunition.

In the June burglary case, the break-in occurred at a home in Osage County in which a large number of weapons were stolen, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement.

It was discovered Woodbury was trying to sell guns stolen from a man in the military. The victim in the Osage County burglary was in the military.

Woodbury was being held in the Cole County Jail for the May assault when he was named as a suspect in the burglary case.

Through monitoring his calls at the Cole County Jail, deputies learned Woodbury had been talking to his girlfriend about having someone pick up items from his mother's home. His conversation was "cryptic" and led deputies to believe Woodbury was talking about guns.

Deputies found Woodbury's mother and asked if she knew anything about the guns. She drove investigators to where the guns were in her storage unit. There, authorities found six rifles the victim in the Osage County burglary identifies as his.

Woodbury's mother told authorities he had called her a few weeks prior to his arrest and asked her to put the rifles in the trunk of her vehicle and to hold on to them. She also said she told Woodbury, "The guns better not be stolen."

Woodbury is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.