Judge Sentences ‘Parasite’

Posted: August 23, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Mark Daniel Hensley is no stranger to Rockingham County Circuit Court, having a seemingly continuous criminal history going on nearly two decades.

That means on May 19, the Harrisonburg man surely knew where he was supposed to go for larceny and destruction of property charges.

The fact that he didn’t come to court that day turned out as costly as the accusations he was facing.

On Monday, Judge Thomas Wilson tacked on two years in prison for failure to appear on top of the two years Hensley received in a plea agreement for larceny just minutes before.

“You’re simply a parasite,” Wilson said.

Hensley, 35, twice broke into vehicles parked at Regal Cinemas in Harrisonburg and once into a car on West Water Street in 2011 and 2012, stealing money and credit cards, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Adam Evans said.

Hensley’s past convictions include breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, petit larceny and possession of methamphetamine.

His criminal history was considered in crafting a plea deal, Evans said, and the victims of the three break-ins were satisfied with his sentence, which includes 13 suspended years.

But Wilson doubled the active incarceration time to four years for Hensley’s inability to make the May court date.

“That really had a major negative impact on their life,” Wilson said of the break-ins. “That’s been your modus operandi for many years.

“I want you to understand, when you’re released and if you come back in front me and you’ve smashed some other car window …  and just committed that despicable act, you’re going to be forfeiting a many number of years of your life.

“It ends now. Got it?”

Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.cm

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