A man who traded a gun for a gun he used to hold four people hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, in January has been sentenced to 95 months in prison, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas said. announced
Henry “Michael” Dwight Williams, who was indicted in February, pleaded guilty in June to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Senior U.S. District Judge David Godbey sentenced her to seven years and 11 months in federal prison on Monday, court records show. CNN has reached out to Williams’ attorney Suzy Vanegas for comment.
On Jan. 15, FBI agents recovered a gun from the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue, where Malik Faisal Akram, a British citizen, held four people hostage before being shot by federal agents, a criminal complaint says.
Williams, who previously had a conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, sold Akram a Taurus G2C semiautomatic handgun on Jan. 13, according to the complaint.
The FBI linked Williams to Akram through cellphone records. When agents first interviewed Williams on Jan. 16, he told them he remembered meeting a man with a British accent, but could not remember the man’s name, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.
Agents interviewed Williams again on Jan. 24 after he was arrested on an outstanding state warrant. Williams confirmed that Akram sold the gun at an intersection in South Dallas. “This defendant, a convicted felon, had no business carrying, much less buying and selling, firearms,” said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham.
“We are grateful to the FBI, which swung into action as soon as the synagogue hostage crisis began, and to the agents who worked tirelessly to track the defendant’s weapon from Mr. Akram.”