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.