Michael Joseph Henry, the man guilty of straw purchasing weapons used in the murder of a Plymouth police officer, was sentenced to 20 to 66 years in prison yesterday, according to The Times Herald (read the full article here).
Henry admitted to selling nine guns, including two rifles, to convicted felon Andrew Charles Thomas. Thomas was on probation after being convicted of forgery in 2005 and was not legally permitted to purchase or handle firearms.
Henry admitted to having a conversation with Thomas as to his intentions if he was stopped by police. According to Detective James Carbo in his criminal complaint, in this conversation Thomas explicitly stated to Henry that “he would run and that he wasn’t going back to jail” and that he “’wouldn’t go alive’ and would ‘shoot a cop.’”
Thomas used a 9mm Beretta pistol to fatally shoot Officer Brad Fox in the head after fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle accident. After shooting Fox, Thomas then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.
Fox was the first Plymouth officer to be killed in the line of duty. Fox, a five year veteran of the police force, was killed the day before his 35th birthday.