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Cape man found guilty in assault case

By Staff | Oct 4, 2019

John Henry Hennessey, 28, has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting an officer with violence, criminal mischief and four counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, according to a repair from the State Attorney’s Office. The guilty verdict was returned just before 8 p.m. Thursday following a two day trial in Lee County.

The State Attorney’s Officer reported that in June 2018, officers with the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a residence around 1:30 a.m. and found a man, Hennessey, naked in the front yard holding a knife and a long stick. The defendant was dancing around a fire and chanting.

Hennessey brandished the knife at the officers and swung the stick at them, the report states He was quickly disarmed and taken into custody. It was reported that earlier he held a knife to a friend’s neck and damaged his vehicle by stabbing a tire with the knife.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4. Assistant State Attorney Erin Hughes and Assistant State Attorney Nicholas Alberto prosecuted the case.