A man who wrecked Missy Elliot’s $300,000 Lamborghini
Diablo was sentenced to three years in jail after a late night tryst that ended
in disaster October 9, 2001.
The saga began when Joseph Thomas Henry, 34,
took the Italian made sports car for a spin. The car was shipped from California
and being stored in a building in Richmond, Virginia, before making it’s final
stop at Elliot’s Virginia Beach home. The car never made it.
Henry decided to "take it" for a test
drive. Three miles from the garage, Henry lost control of the vehicle, plowing
through a stop sign, a tree and over curbs.
"This is not a typical unauthorized-use
case by any means, your honor," Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike
Huberman told the judge before Henry was sentenced. "He takes a vehicle
that is worth more than most houses and totals it."
Henry must also pay $170,000 in restitution
and $1,975 for curb repairs. Elliot’s insurance company reimbursed her $200,000
and the insurance company auctioned the wrecked vehicle off for $105,000.