Fort Myers man sentenced in 2014 police standoff

Author: Adam Wright
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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The man responsible for a 10-hour police standoff in a Fort Myers neighborhood last year was sentenced by a judge Friday.

Thomas Murray, 52, will spend three years in prison as part of a plea deal with the state.

More than 50 officers and SWAT team members swarmed Murray’s home on Winkler Avenue near the Edison Mall in April 2014.

Murray’s wife called 911, saying her husband had an arsenal at his disposal and was making threats.

The neighborhood was evacuated as officers moved in.

After 10 hours, Murray jumped from his roof into the canal behind his house and was tazed by police.

Authorities found weapons and other items in his home.

The standoff cost Fort Myers police $10,000, and as part of plea deal, Murray is responsible for paying more than $8,000.

Already a convicted felon, banned from owning firearms, Murray faced up to 15 years in prison. The judge sentenced Murray to three years after he changed his plea from not guilty to no contest.

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