Haphazard Crime Spree Ends With A Shrug

18-year sentence follows life of robberies, thefts, struggles

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The long, sad criminal career of a Payson man ended Monday not with a bang, but a shrug.

Douglas Ralph Henneman II, 38, appeared calm and unmoved throughout Monday’s sentencing as Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill handed down aggravated sentences totaling 18 years in prison.

Henneman pleaded guilty to six felony convictions for a host of crimes that wreaked havoc on Payson residents and businesses.

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Douglas Ralph Henneman II

The crimes included a 2012 armed robbery at a bank ATM, theft of a vehicle from an automotive repair shop, home burglaries, pawning stolen jewelry and even snatching a purse from an unsuspecting customer’s cart at Walmart.

Trouble started young

Henneman’s criminal career started when he was sent to juvenile hall at the age of 11, according to a presentencing report. He also has six previous felony convictions.

“I’m sorry for the crimes I committed,” Henneman told a probation officer in a presentencing interview. “I don’t plan to do them in the future. I need to go to DOC (prison) for awhile to get the help I need.”

Despite this apology, probation noted Henneman is “clearly a troubled man with great difficulties to overcome.”

Henneman suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse as a child and dropped out of school after the sixth grade. He has also

suffered the effects of mental illness and drug abuse. Henneman reported to probation that he was first exposed to marijuana at age 3 and continued to use marijuana up to his arrest. He also experimented with various other illegal drugs while on probation and tested positive for methamphetamine multiple times.

Henneman was using meth intravenously during these most recent crimes, he told probation.

The final crime spree

On May 17, 2012, police responded to Walmart to investigate a report a man had stolen a woman’s purse from her shopping cart, then also stole her car and charged $1,360 on her credit cards.

Three days later, on May 20, police responded to a report that a masked man had at gunpoint taken $60 from a woman at the ATM of a local bank. He then fled on foot into the darkness, leaving few clues behind besides the surveillance video from the bank.

The case seemed to go cold until police got a call on June 3, 2012 to report someone had stolen a van needing repair from Miller Auto Works on Main Street. The next day, an officer spotted the stolen van in the then-PaysonGlo Lodge parking lot. Inside, detectives found identification tying Henneman and his then-girlfriend to the crime.

Detectives Matt Van Camp and Mike Varga investigated and discovered that Henneman and his girlfriend had been evicted from their home and were living in their vehicle.

On June 4, an officer located the pair on West Bonita Street.

Henneman and his girlfriend eventually confessed to stealing the van. Henneman’s girlfriend said she had spotted keys in the minivan and taken them. They later returned at night and hopped the fence. Henneman started up the van and tried to exit the locked facility by ramming the gate. No luck. Undiscouraged, he dismantled the fence and drove through.

The pair then drove around a bit before dropping the vehicle off at the motel to visit a friend. When they returned and saw police at the van, they left.

She also said Henneman had stolen several of the items police recovered from the van, including clothing, a TV and electronics.

With her confession, police turned to Henneman. He readily confessed to stealing the van as well as burglarizing several locations. As Varga and Van Camp interrogated the couple about the van, Varga noticed something familiar about something Henne­man was wearing.

Then it hit him: He’d seen that same item in the bank surveillance video worn by the armed robber.

Henneman also admitted he had robbed the woman at the ATM.

Henneman’s girlfriend said she had watched as Henneman robbed the woman.

Also during that tell-all police interview, Henneman admitted to stealing the woman’s purse from Walmart after police found her identification among his personal belongings.

Besides being high, Henneman committed these acts while on probation, according to the presentencing report.

On May 13, 2011, a judge sentenced Henneman to probation for criminal damage committed in April 2011.

While on probation, Henne­man had initially taken his medications and attended counseling, but things fell apart after he separated from his wife in January of 2012.

“He entered into self-destructive behaviors and was extremely unstable while engaging in negative peer relations and abusing illegal drugs,” probation wrote.

Probation then placed Henne­man at Round Valley Rehabilita­tion to get him back on track.

While he had some success there, he reconnected with “negative peers,” left the facility and dropped out of sight.

Probation wrote that despite his mental health and drug problems, Henneman, “has been capable of being a law-abiding citizen for extended periods in the past.”

Therefore, his mental health problems don’t excuse his behavior, probation concluded.

After considering all this, Cahill handed down his sentence.

For the armed robbery at the ATM, Henneman received 12.5 years in prison. For conspiracy to steal the van from Miller Auto Works, four years in prison; for stealing the woman’s purse, three years in prison and for misconduct involving weapons, three years. These prison terms will run at the same time.

However, for attempting to pawn stolen jewelry, Cahill sentenced Henneman to four years in prison, running consecutively to the other sentences.

Henneman will also serve a 1.5-year consecutive sentence for violating probation.

Comments

Pat Randall 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Where was the law when he dropped out of school in the sixth grade? He must like being in prison, no work, medical paid for, clothes and food provided.

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H. Wm. Rhea III 11 months, 3 weeks ago

And he will probably get a free college degree, too. Only the best for prisoners, while law abiding people pay through the nose.

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