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Sealed Deal Ends Suit Over Suicide Of Accused Double Murderer In York County Prison

Veronique Henry
Veronique Henry Photo Credit: York County Prison

A lawsuit over an accused double murderer who hanged herself while imprisoned ended recently with a settlement.

At the end of Feb. a deal between the York County Prison and the executor of the estate of Veronique Henry was settled and sealed by the order of  U.S. Middle District Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson.

Henry, 32, of East Manchester Township, had hanged herself in her cell at York County Prison in September 2016 shortly after her husband Paul Henry III, 40 at the time, and her were charged with two murders during a home invasion.

The couple was accused of killing Danielle Taylor, 26, and Foday Cheeks, 31, on Sept. 16 2016, during a robbery at Cheeks' home in Fawn Township.

A search warrant application filed by Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Stahl states that Taylor died from a single gunshot wound and Cheeks was shot multiple times. Stahl also said, seven .45 caliber shell casings were found at the scene.

The Henrys were charged with dozens of misdemeanors and felonies including robbery, assault, theft and criminal homicide.

Prior to hanging herself, Henry blamed both killings solely on her husband.

The pair had been arrested and during a routine traffic stop on Route 322 in Dauphin County the morning after the murders. They were charged that day and began their prison stay that day where Veronique died and Paul continues to serve his sentence in York County Prison.

Police were able to have the Henrys identified as suspects with the assistance of three of the four home invasion survivors, including a 14-year-old boy.

In May 2018, Paul Henry III was found guilty and was sentenced to death twice, later the sentence was amended to two consecutive life sentences. The sentencing was changed after an error by the jury of an accident slip of the verdict.

In Sep. 2018, The executor of Veronique Henry, Richard Reilly, estate filed the civil rights suit against the county, prison officials and the prison’s contracted medical care provider, PrimeCare Medical.

Reilly claimed Henry was a suicide risk and was not properly evaluated by a psychiatrist or place on suicide watch.

Since the suit is sealed the settlement amount will not be disclosed to the public.

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