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Mississippi criminal known as ‘Mid-South Wedding Crasher’ passes away at 57

Sandra Lynn Henson was known as the "Mid-South Wedding Crasher" (Photo courtesy of the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office)

A Mississippi woman who recently made national headlines for crashing weddings across the southeast has passed away.

Sandra Lynn Henson picked up the nickname “Mid-South Wedding Crasher” after she was caught in Pontotoc County last October after a string of crashed weddings in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, in which she would steal gifts from newlyweds and money and credit cards from attendees.

While on probation for charges including petit larceny, trespassing, and disturbing the peach, Henson died on Feb. 8 in her hometown of Rienzi. According to WAFF out of Huntsville, Ala., the 57-year-old had suffered from multiple heart attacks and was receiving dialysis three times a week.

Before her most recent arrest, Henson had been arrested in 2019 and charged with crashing weddings in Florence, Ala. It was later reported in 2021 that Henson had been convicted of theft and had her probation revoked after additional incidents in Mississippi and Tennessee.

She was supposed to be in jail initially until 2025 but was released early for reasons unclear. A judge, during her December sentencing, gave her a lesser sentence of 31 months of probation, two weekends of her choosing in jail, and a $1,200 restitution fine due to Henson’s ongoing health issues.

Henson, who did publicly apologize to those subject of her wedding crashes, was laid to rest at Williams Cemetery in Rienzi.

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