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Guilty plea in purchase of gun used to kill Officer Brad Fox

Man admits to buying gun used to kill police officer

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The man responsible for buying the gun that was used to kill a police officer in Montgomery County has pleaded guilty.

Michael Henry, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 23 counts, including purchasing the gun used by Andrew Thomas to kill Plymouth Township Ofc. Bradley Fox in September 2012. Thomas then used the gun to kill himself, police said.

The charges against Henry, 31, came down in October, shortly after Fox was killed.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law about the same time, making straw purchasing a crime.

Thomas, with a lengthy rap sheet, wasn't legally allowed to buy a gun, police said. He sought out Henry, who police said met Thomas in rehab, and Thomas needed the money to fuel his drug addiction.

Charges show Henry bought nine guns for Thomas, but police said only one gun was recovered.

The DA's office said it's seeking the maximum penalty for Henry, who faces up to 84 years in prison.

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