Man sentenced for role in Platte County robberies

A 29-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for his role in two strong-armed robberies in Platte County.

Scott L. Henson of Kansas City was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery for the crimes that occurred in March 2006.

Prosecutors said one robbery occurred March 14, 2006, when Henson and another man stole about $270 from the cash register of a Quality Inn in the 6900 block of Northwest 83rd Street. Henson and the accomplice each wore masks, entered the business, taped the clerk’s hands together, and ordered her to tell them how to open the cash register.

The accomplice, later identified as Matthew Renfro, who was armed with a crowbar, then tried to pry open a floor safe but was unsuccessful.

The next night, Henson and Renfro stole more than $500 from a Subway restaurant in the 6400 block of North Cosby Avenue. Renfro used a knife to attempt to pry open a cash register but was unsuccessful. He then threatened a worker with the knife and ordered her to open the register. Renfro took the money, and the two men fled.

Renfro was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison but a Platte County judge later ordered the sentence be reduced.