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Man accused of threatening to kill, firing gun toward wife receives sentence

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 Knox County Circuit Court Friday for his formal sentencing.


In October, 23 year old Brent Allen Hensley, plead guilty to four counts of wanton endangerment for events that transpired Dec. 31, 2018. Friday December 6, 2019, Hensley received his formal sentence to serve two years for each of the four counts, consecutively, for a total of eight years.


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

As part of his plea deal, all but the four counts he pleaded guilty to will be dropped for Hensley.


Wanton endangerment is a Class D felony in Kentucky and could carry a potential sentence of one to five years.


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 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.

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