Evart man nets prison time for failed kidnap-rape-murder plot

Codefendant currently serving 20-50 years in prison

Cody M. Hensey, 18, of Evart, appeared in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court on Friday, Oct. 15, for sentencing in connection to an attempted plan to murder one family in August 2020. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Cody M. Hensey, 18, of Evart, appeared in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court on Friday, Oct. 15, for sentencing in connection to an attempted plan to murder one family in August 2020. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

REED CITY — An Evart man was sentenced to prison stemming from a case that involved a failed plot to kidnap and rape one victim, murder the victim’s family, and later flee the area.

“This was planned out. It wasn’t just talked about. It was in writing,” Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Judge Kimberly L. Booher said of 18-year-old Cody M. Hensey’s plan, prior to fashioning a sentence for him.

Hensey appeared in court Friday, Oct. 15, for sentencing in connection to an attempted plan to murder one family in August 2020, according to court records.

Hensey, who was 17 at the time of the incident, and codefendant, then-18-year-old Dakota Lee Garrett, of Evart, were both staying at a facility in Osceola County, Booher said in court Friday, and created their plan, which included a written agenda of how they were going to "handle things."

Hensey and Garrett’s plan, Booher said, was to kill a caretaker’s family — who worked at the facility the men were staying at — kidnap a daughter and sexually assault her, and leave the area.

The two attempted to carry out their plan Aug. 2, 2020, according to court records. The pair hid inside the caretaker’s home — with weapons and prepared to use them — and tried to confine the family upon their arrival, Booher recalled in court. However, the caretaker was able to control the situation and the men were arrested.

Through a plea agreement, Hensey pleaded guilty to single counts of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to assault with intent to murder, and larceny in a building.

At sentencing, Osceola County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac urged the judge to follow the sentencing recommendations for prison.

“This is as serious as it gets with the absence of actually murdering someone,” he said.

Defense attorney Michelle Elowski said it was a difficult case for everyone involved and recalled her client’s troubled past.

“There were 44 different entries of abuse toward him beginning at the age of 2,” Elowski said. “… It pains me deeply of where he’s at today.”

“I just don’t know that this is the best result in sending him to prison for as long as it’s going to happen,” she added. “He’s never had a chance to know what we all know as a normal life.”

Hensey then asked the judge to “show the smallest bit of mercy” when given his opportunity to speak.

“This is an extremely serious offense,” Booher said.

“This, in my opinion, is more than just planning something out,” she added. “They took steps more than once.”

Hensey was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years — maximum 50 years — in the state’s prison system for each of the conspiracy-related charges. He was sentenced to 440 days — maximum four years — in prison for the larceny charge. His sentences will run concurrently.

He was given credit for 440 days served in each file.

Garrett, now 19, is currently a prisoner at the Macomb Correctional Facility in Lenox Township. He is serving a 20- to 50-year sentence for his role in the attempted attack. He was sentenced in December 2020.