Person of interest in Abilene murder receives 20 years for drug charge


LEVELLAND, Texas — A suspect who remains the lone person of interest in the murder of a young woman found dead in Abilene has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for a drug charge.

Ricky Don Henderson, 58, of Levelland officially finalized the plea deal on Tuesday for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.

The deal became a matter of public record earlier this year, but Henderson was taken from the Taylor County Jail to the Hockley County Jail on December 10, according to online jail records.  

Henderson is also the “person of interest” in the murder of Jeannie Quinn. He has not been charged with murder.  

Quinn, age 20 at the time, was found dead in a wooded area of Abilene. She was reported missing from Levelland before her body was discovered.

He was arrested in Taylor County for a drug-related charge shortly after Quinn was found dead.  Ultimately, Henderson took a plea deal on the Taylor County charge for 25 years.

Henderson is also subject to a parole violation.  The family of Quinn said they were in contact with the Texas parole board and there was a plan to have a hearing on the matter.

Henderson’s wife, Stephanie, has been missing since 1993.  

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