A Mississippi woman dubbed a ‘serial wedding crasher’ who spent the last six years acting as a ‘fake’ wedding guest and stealing thousands in cash and gifts is again free after posting bond.
Sandra Lynn Henson, 57, was arrested on September 30 at a wedding ceremony at Lily Creek Farm in Belden, Mississippi and charged with petit larceny, trespassing and disturbing the peace.
She has since bonded out of jail, Pontotoc Sheriff Leo Mask said. It’s unclear how much money she had to post to be freed.
Now, new details are being released about her latest alleged theft and how she was caught red-cake handed by the bridal party.
Henson’s latest wedding crashing comes as she remains on probation following a prison sentence for the same crimes.
Sandra Lynn Henson, 57, was arrested on September 30 at a wedding ceremony taking place at Lily Creek Farm in Belden, Mississippi. She was charged with petit larceny, trespassing and disturbing the peace. She has since bonded out of jail, Pontotoc Sheriff Leo Mask said
‘It’s unfair,’ said Lexi Butler, whose wedding Henson targeted during the fall, told USA Today. ‘She has robbed so many people of precious time, memories, and gifts, but she never has to own up to her wrongdoing. I can’t believe no one is taking this seriously.’
At the latest wedding, members of the bridal party reportedly caught Henson red-handed. She was eating a piece of cake and rummaging through personal items that weren’t hers, the shocked bride and groom – Lexi Butler and Brady Butler – told NBC News.
During the September 30 nuptials, the bride’s sister first noticed Henson alone during the reception. When the groom’s sister entered shortly after, she saw Henson looking through some of the purses that were left behind.
When she asked the stranger who she was, Henson replied ‘I’m here for Lexi,’ but when she grew more suspicious she contacted other family members.
Henson eventually confessed to the theft after initially disputing it.
Henson was sentenced to prison in 2021 for her thefts, but was free on probation at the time of the latest alleged heist
Police say Henson has targeted weddings in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi for years
She allegedly removed the $200 she had place in her bra that was taken from the wedding planner’s purse, according to the groom’s other sister, Kristian Joshlin.
Henson had pleaded for the family not to call the police because she said she didn’t want to ‘go back to jail.’ The family notified the Pontotoc County police shortly after.
Joshlin said she ‘apologized’ and told her that she had been ‘going to church and doordashing,’ and had been doing well lately.
The sister believes Henson may have got the information about their wedding from social media. A notebook was also found that Henson had on her that listed seven other weddings and couples in the area.
The family was further shocked once they searched her name on the internet and found all the other crimes she committed.
The brides family had kept the incident from her and her new husband until the police arrived on the scene. But, the family was happy about how it all ended.
‘The day was about me and Brady getting married and we had the best day ever,’ Butler said.
According to Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office this was not Henson’s first rodeo. ‘Apparently Miss Henson has been arrested in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi for crashing wedding and stealing money and cards from purses.’
Henson is seen dressed in a dress with black sweater wandering around an Alabama wedding reception in 2019.
In 2021, Henson crashed a wedding in Marshall County, Alabama. She reportedly took the bride and groom’s gifts guests had given them including, money, cards and gifts. The sheriff’s department was able to identify her after seeing her steal the items off the gift tables.
The devastated bride told WREG that Henson had ‘ruined her special day.’
During their investigation, Alabama authorities discovered that Henson had stolen items from nine other weddings in their state.
At one of the ceremonies, Henson was caught on video walking around the party during the reception.
In 2019, the Florence Alabama Police Department said Henson was accused of taking gifts from two weddings in Alabama. She was charged with two counts of property theft, the news outlet reported.
In 2021, she was indicted on a grand larceny charge in Mississippi after she stole wedding gifts, cash and gift cards estimated to be over $1,000.
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Henson was sentenced to jail in 2021 for burglary and grand larceny before making parole. Henson has not commented on her string of thefts.
However, the wedding planner who had $200 allegedly stolen by Henson said she doesn’t believe the thief plans to end her ways.
‘It’s insane,’ Kait Dorrough told USA today. ‘She’s been doing this for quite some time and I don’t think she has any intention to stop.’