Jeffrey Steven Henry, co-owner Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts park in Kansas City (pictured in court on Wednesday), was suffering from drug problems and financial woes before the tragic accident
The co-owner of a water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated he was suffering from drug problems and financial woes before the tragic accident.
Jeffrey Steven Henry, co-owner Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts park in Kansas City, has been arrested twice for drug violations, once in 1994 and once in 2007.
In the first arrest, he and his then-wife Mary Henry, were caught possessing nearly 17 ounces of pot, a revolver, a derringer and more than $7,000 in cash, according to divorce court records, obtained by the San Antonio Express- News.
Henry pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony and was sentenced to three years deferred adjudication probation- which was terminated after 16 months and fined $10,000.
After the second arrest, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for possessing between two and four ounces of marijuana and was fined $4,000.
Then there were financial woes. According to the Express-News, a feud between Jeff and Gary Henry and their business partner Schexnailder over a new development ultimately led last spring to the group’s bankruptcy filing.
The potential expansion to North Padre Island led to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since last year and the development on the auction block.
Now Henry and ride designer John Schooley are charged with reckless second-degree murder in the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab, who was decapitated when his raft went airborne on the world's largest water slide.
A grand jury last week also indicted the park and its former chief operations officer, Tyler Austin Miles, on 20 felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter.
Henry & Sons Construction Co, which is described as the private construction company of Schlitterbahn, is charged with reckless second-degree murder, which carries a sentence of 9 years to 41 years in prison.
Schlitterbahn itself faces several other charges in connection to the 13 other people who were injured while riding the slide, which has since been shut down.
Henry (pictured in court on Wednesday) was arrested twice for marijuana possession first in 1994 then in 2007. Then a plan to expand to North Padre Island led to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Caleb Schwab (pictured in an undated image) was horrifically killed in August 2016 while riding the 170-foot Verrückt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City
Ride designer John Schooley is