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.)

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