Guilty Verdict in Assault Case

John Henry Hennessey, 28, was found guilty of Aggravated Assault, Resisting an Officer with
Violence, Criminal Mischief, and four counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. The
guilty verdict was returned just before 8 p.m. last night following a two day trial in Lee County.

In June 2018, officers with the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a home around 1:30
a.m. and found a man naked in the front yard holding a knife and a long stick. It was the
defendant who was also dancing around a fire and chanting. Hennessey brandished the knife at
the officers and swung the stick at them. He was quickly disarmed and taken into custody.
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 November 4th. Assistant State Attorney Erin Hughes and Assistant
State Attorney Nicholas Alberto prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office
ssyoen@sao.cjis20.org
239-533-1125