Rep. Cody Henson (R-Transylvania) announced his resignation Wednesday morning, one day after he pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking, accepting a deal for 18 months of probation and deferred prosecution.
Henson is already under a domestic violence order of protection preventing him from contacting his estranged wife, Kelsey Meece. As part of the deal, Henson will also have to get mental health treatment, domestic violence abuser treatment, and complete a substance misuse assessment. He will not have access to firearms for his probation period.
At the time, the North Carolina Department of Justice accepted a condition of Henson’s: that he be allowed to leave the state for legislative business despite his probation. A prepared statement by Henson’s attorney stated that Henson intended “to fulfill his commitment to represent his district” and that he did not plan to resign his seat.
Henson announced his resignation on his Facebook page.
“Earlier this morning, after much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I submitted my letter of resignation from the N.C House, effective at noon on Friday July 26th, to the House Principle Clerk and the Speaker of the House,” Henson wrote.
“For me, this process has been exhausting,” said Meece, addressing the court on Tuesday. “Our marriage was a nightmare. There were lies, infidelity, manipulation and the list goes on. I don’t want to rehash and relive the past but Cody has put me through pure hell and made me feel completely powerless and trapped.”
Henson had reportedly threatened Meece for years, at one point telling her that he was a “trained killer” in reference to his experience in the Marines. After their separation, Henson messaged Meece repeatedly, at all hours, despite her telling him to stop.
“This is no longer the story of a respected and powerful man being brought down by a scorned woman,” Meece said to the court on Tuesday. “This is the story of a woman beating the odds and facing the giants to take her life back.”