Charge of showing practice grenade dismissed

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A charge under Tennessee's anti-terrorism statutes has been dismissed for a Maryville man who was accused of displaying an inert practice grenade in an Alcoa restaurant last January.

Blount County General Sessions Court Judge William R. Brewer dismissed the charge of distribution or deliveray of any substance as an act of terrorism or as a hoax, which was brought against Jack Hensley after the incident Jan. 11.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Knoxville lawyer T. Scott Jones, who represents Hensley, argued the the charge should be dismissed because Hensley's act didn't rise to the requirements of the statute since the grenade wasn't functional. He also argued that the actions didn't meet requirements for the charge of aggravated assault, which Assistant District Attorney Kathy Aslinger offered to amend the case to.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 33807944 - local8now.com/a?a=33807944