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Mayor Henry sentenced to suspended jail time, pays more than $3,100 in restitution for OWI

Mayor Tom Henry
Tony Sandleben
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry read a statement to the media after his arrest in early October for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry appeared in an Allen Superior Court room Thursday afternoon to be sentenced in his drunk driving case.

The sentencing hearing was moved to Thursday from next Monday morning. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor.

Magistrate Jason Custer accepted Henry’s plea agreement with prosecutors, and sentenced the mayor to a suspended jail term of 365 days, ordered him to pay a $25 fine in addition to the nearly $800 in court costs and fees.

Henry is also paying more than $3,160 in restitution to the City of Fort Wayne and the woman whose vehicle he hit on Oct. 8 after a public event.

According to court documents, $2,776 was paid in restitution to the City of Fort Wayne, and $390 to the woman who owned the vehicle Henry hit on

His blood alcohol concentration was nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.

His driver’s license remains suspended for another 65 days as part of the 90-day suspension agreed to with prosecutors.

Henry answered the magistrate’s questions, and exited the courtroom after just a few moments alongside his attorney.

A second charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated was dismissed.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.