Man gets 3 years in prison for threatening Hernando Beach bartender with gun

Berl Henson, 66, pleaded no contest and will go to state prison.

Berl Henson, 66, pleaded no contest and will go to state prison.

BROOKSVILLE — The day Berl Henson was arrested and charged with pointing a handgun at a Hernando Beach bartender, he told a sheriff's deputy he "screwed up," records show. On Thursday, the 66-year-old was sentenced to three years in state prison for the Jan. 31 incident.

Henson, who lists addresses in Georgia and Weeki Wachee, pleaded no contest to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutor Rich Lehman said he agreed to the minimum mandatory sentence because Henson does not have a lengthy criminal history.

A bartender ordered Henson to leave the Beach Bar on Shoal Line Boulevard about 1 a.m. for "causing problems," a Hernando sheriff's report states. Henson became angry, said he was going to get his gun and returned a short time later with a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum. Henson waved the gun around, then pointed it at the bartender. A male patron grabbed the weapon and held Henson on the ground until deputies arrived.

Henson told a deputy that patrons had been threatening him and that he did not want to endure any more taunting.

Matt Luka, Henson's attorney, told Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti that Henson is a military veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome.

Man gets 3 years in prison for threatening Hernando Beach bartender with gun 08/08/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:45pm]

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