LOWELL, Mass. — A home invasion suspect shot by a Lowell police officer in 2016 has been sentenced to up to life in prison.

The Sun reports that 49-year-old Timothy Berry, of Haverhill, was sentenced Thursday on convictions for home invasion, kidnapping and other crimes. Berry’s potential prison time was enhanced after a judge ruled him an armed career criminal and habitual offender.

Prosecutors say Berry and Christopher Covey, of Groveland, posed as police officers while forcing their way inside a Lowell home in search of five pounds of marijuana and $20,000 in cash.

Officials say police responded and Officer Buntha Kieng shot Berry after he pointed a handgun at the officer. The district attorney later determined the shooting was justified.

Covey was sentenced to 12 years in prison in September.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com