ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who stole a truck with two out-of-town teens inside in July 2015 will spend nine years behind bars.
It began when police tried to pull over Carlos Henry, then 32, who was driving his mom’s car. But Henry wouldn’t stop, and instead crashed the car and fled on foot.
He then stole a truck that was at the 7/11 on Yale and Cesar Chavez with two teens inside. The teen siblings were waiting on their dad and older brother to finish pumping gas for another vehicle. The family was in town from Farmington for a baseball tournament.
Henry took off, leading police on a chase in the truck with the teens along for the terrifying ride.
Henry crashed into police cars, caught on lapel video by Albuquerque Police officers.
At one point, the teens were able to hop out of the truck to safety before the chase came to a crashing end in Nob Hill. Henry again tried to run, but police nabbed him.
Back in February of this year, he took a plea deal, pleading guilty to four of the 18 crimes he was charged with to include kidnapping.
In court Monday, he faced a judge to be sentenced.
But before Judge Brett Loveless ruled, the dad of the teens spoke, describing the harrowing night.
“I don’t know if you have children or if you don’t,” he said to Judge Loveless, “but sitting and watching somebody drive off with your kids…” he trailed off as he teared up.
Henry’s family begged for mercy and blamed it on Henry’s year-long drug abuse. Henry, himself, apologized for what he did.
But Loveless told Henry that based on his criminal history, he had ample opportunities over the years to clean up, but didn’t. Henry was sentenced to nine years in prison with five years of probation.