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Gray man accused of firing gun toward wife enters guilty plea

From The Times Tribune -

Brent Allen Hensley - KCDC

A Gray man accused of threatening to kill his wife before firing a gun toward her earlier this year was back in court Friday to enter a plea.


Brent Allen Hensley pleaded guilty to four counts of wanton endangerment for events that transpired Dec. 31, 2018. Hensley could have faced anywhere from four to 20 years in prison without accepting a plea deal.


This deal would see Hensley serve four congruent two-year sentences for a total of eight years — two years for each count.


On Dec. 31, 2018, deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to an Emanuel Hollow Road residence to investigate a complaint concerning a man shooting a handgun inside a home with his wife and four children present.


When the deputies arrived at the scene, they identified themselves and gave Hensley commands to come to the door, though he refused, according to the incident report.


When Hensley finally complied with the commands, he came out on to the porch of the home, where the deputies put him on the ground to detain him. When Hensley was informed that he was being placed under arrest, he became belligerent and non-compliant, kicking one of the deputies, according to the report.


He was eventually detained and placed in a cruiser. According to law enforcement, Hensley's wife told the deputies he had assaulted her multiple times throughout the day and had taken her phone and keys, also stating he had told her that he was going to "blow her brains out." She told police that Hensley also stated if she called the police, he would kill whoever showed up.


Deputies said they found at least one shell casing on the floor inside the home during a search.


Hensley was indicted earlier this year by a Knox County grand jury, formally charging him with attempted murder, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, menacing and second-degree criminal mischief.


Hensley is due back in court Nov. 1 for a formal sentencing hearing.


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