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Christian Henry, Minot, sentenced to time served of 213 days, probation, for leaving children home alone while he was out stealing

Christian Joel Henry, 28, Minot, was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison, all suspended but the 213 days he has already served in jail, and three years of supervised probation for leaving his small children home alone while he was out stealing in October 2019.

His 5-year-old daughter went out in blizzard-like conditions and walked for a block before she was found by a neighbor who called the police. Police took the child home and discovered that two other children, a toddler and a baby, were alone in the residence and methamphetamine pipes had been left in the bathroom within reach of the children.

Henry received concurrent sentences on the Class C felony child neglect charge, Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and two Class C felony possession of stolen property charges.

Other charges against Henry in that case were dismissed under the terms of a plea agreement. Those charges included two counts of Class C felony child neglect, one count of Class C felony conspiracy to commit unlawful entry into a vehicle, and one count of Class C felony conspiracy to commit unauthorized use of personal identifying information to obtain credit. In another case, charges of Class A misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

North Central District Court Judge Gary Lee also ordered Henry to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and to have no contact with the children except as allowed by Social Services. He must also cooperate with Social Services and take recommended classes.

Henry must also pay court costs and restitution.

His wife, Alicia Henry, was previously sentenced.

She pleaded guilty in November 2019 to one count of Class C felony child neglect, two counts of Class C felony theft of a credit card, and one Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia. The state agreed to dismiss two Class C felony child neglect charges, a Class C felony charge of conspiracy to commit unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, Class C felony conspiracy to commit unauthorized use of a credit card, and one Class C felony charge of unauthorized use of a credit card. Judge Gary Lee sentenced Alicia Henry to a deferred imposition of sentence for three years on the child neglect charge, along with three years of supervised probation, and ordered her to pay court costs. She also received a three-year deferred imposition of sentence and three years of probation, concurrent with the sentence on the child neglect charge, for each of the theft charges. She received a 360-day deferred imposition of sentence for two years of supervised probation for the Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of the meth pipes.

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