Hanley was elected as the sheriff of Strawberry at some stage, holding the position as of 1899. During said year, he arrested Micah Bell and an unnamed O'Driscoll in Strawberry, due to a bar fight in which the former murdered two O'Driscolls, and sentenced them to be hanged.
Events in Red Dead Redemption 2
On Dutch's orders to rescue Bell, Arthur Morgan approaches Sheriff Hanley in his office posing as a bounty hunter, asking if he can visit the prisoners. Hanley refuses, saying that Arthur can visit them the following morning when they are hanged. Arthur manages to break Micah out of jail himself, causing a large gun battle to erupt, during which Hanley is killed by either Arthur or Micah. After his death, he is succeeded by Vernon Farley as the sheriff of Strawberry.
Hanley is shown to take his job very seriously, and wants to see all criminals brought to justice. He is also shown to dislike bounty hunters, which is exemplified when he dismisses Arthur when he attempts to guise as one.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Hanley cannot be encountered in free roam. Even if the player visits Strawberry before his death, Farley will be the town's sheriff and Hanley will be absent.