Wilmington man pleads to firearms and sex assault charges

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty to firearm and assault charges in court last week and was sentenced to several years in prison.

On Wednesday, November 29, Foster Kelly Henry, 42, pleaded guilty for the illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female.

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On January 16, 2016, officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Lamppost Circle. The victim in this case had a gun, which Henry grabbed during the course of a robbery. Henry shot the victim with that gun. When officers responded, the victim gave conflicting accounts of the attempted robbery. Henry was charged at that time with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The next day, a sexual assault was reported to the Wilmington Police Department. Officers identified Henry as the suspect and executed a search warrant on the defendant’s residence, where the located a handgun. The defendant had previously been convicted of a felony and was not authorized to possess a firearm due to this conviction.

Henry admitted to officers that the handgun located and seized by law enforcement officers belonged to him. Henry claimed that the shooting on January 16 was in self-defense and involved the sale of controlled substances. The District Attorney’s Office was unable to maintain contact with the victim in the sexual assault case.

He will serve a minimum of 5 years in prison.