Alaska teen gets 80-years for fatally shooting foster father over vape charger
An 18-year-old Anchorage, Alaska teen who admitted to police of fatally shooting his foster father for taking away his vape charger will receive a prison sentence of 80-years with 20-years suspended. The accused, Peter Henry, 18, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. The incident took place on Oct. 7, 2014 when Henry was just 16.
The victim was 64-year-old Marvell Johnson, Henry’s foster father and a longtime host of a popular radio KSKA-FM show “Soul to Soul” for nearly 40-years. Johnson and his wife had been actively fostering children in their private home for over 25-years. Sentencing for Henry is scheduled for March 30.
According to police detective Monique Doll, another foster child in the Johnson household called police that fateful morning, claiming that Henry had shot his foster father during the night. Police immediately drove to the scene to investigate, only to find Johnson lying dead in his upstairs bedroom. An autopsy proved that he had been shot several times in the back, torso, neck, chest, and forearm.
Prosecutors charge 16-year old Peter Henry as an adult
The incident allegedly took place after Johnson had grounded Henry for vaping a synthetic drug called spice. The victim had also apparently later searched Henry’s room without the teen’s consent, only to take away his vape charger to ensure that the foster child adhered to his instructions. After shooting the Radio DJ, Henry then stole cash, a watch, a phone, an iPad, as well as the victim’s wallet.
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The shooting was not considered a “crime of passion” by state prosecutors because it was soon discovered by surveillance video that Henry had stolen the needed ammunition for the weapon from a local department store. This action led prosecutors to believe the killing was premediated, resulting in a first-degree murder charge and the charging of then 16-year old as an adult.
Henry also tried to make the shooting appear as the result of a random robbery gone bad by tossing the wallet and its contents into the front yard. The iPad was later found in Henry’s backpack. Meanwhile, one juvenile witness to the crime claims that Henry told the youngster to dispose of the murder weapon while threatening to kill him as well if he told anyone of the incident.
(Image courtesy of KTVA Alaska)
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