Suspect In NJ Mall Murder Case Called “Program Failure” In U.S. Probation


In the months before he was accused of acting as the getaway driver in last week's deadly carjacking at a New Jersey mall, Basim Henry proved a challenge to federal probation officers as they tried to get him to comply with the terms of his release from prison, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. In February, he was caught driving with a convicted felon in the car, a violation of his supervised release following a seven-year prison stretch for a 2003 bank robbery.

Henry, 32, was ordered into a halfway house for two months. He was released with a federal probation officer calling him “a program failure.” As a result, Henry had a location monitoring device attached to his ankle that would track his every move for three months. He was arrested last weekend by federal marshals in Easton, Pa., where authorities say he fled after lawyer Dustin Friedland, 30, was fatally shot in a mall parking lot during a shopping trip.

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