Henault pleads guilty to role in Waterford home invasion

Andrew J. Henault, who spoke to The Day last year about his struggle with heroin addiction, pleaded guilty Wednesday in New London Superior Court to taking part in an armed home invasion in Waterford in September 2016.

Henault, 25, will be sentenced Jan. 5 to up to two years in prison by Judge Hillary B. Strackbein. 

Henault has been held in lieu of $150,000 at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center since February, when Waterford Police charged him with home invasion, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. During his appearance Wednesday in New London Superior Court, Henault, accepted a plea deal worked out between his attorney, Dawn Bradinini, and prosecutor Stephen M. Carney.

The agreement calls for a sentence of three years in prison, suspended after two years served, followed by three years of probation, but Bradinini has the right to argue for a reduced prison term at the sentencing hearing. Henault's codefendant, David R. Beckwith, recently accepted a similar plea deal and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20.

According to police, Henault and Beckwith donned masks and entered a home off Oil Mill Road by pulling out an air conditioning unit from a window about 5 a.m on Sept. 18, 2016. The victim, from whom Henault previously had purchased marijuana, said he was held at gunpoint on the floor by a man who stated he was "just there for the money."

The two men left, taking marijuana, when the victim's mother came down the stairs and started screaming, according to police. She later identified Henault as a suspect, and Beckwith's DNA was found on a hat/bandana that was found in the nearby woods, according to the state.

Henault, of Lisbon, was 9 years old when his mother, Jude Henault, died in the 2003 Station Nightclub Fire in West Warwick, R.I.

During interviews in August 2016, Henault said he was struggling to stay clean from heroin, which he said had derailed his career as a personal trainer and mixed martial arts fighter, damaged or destroyed most of his relationships and left him homeless more than once.

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