Sentencing delayed in case of gun at school


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GREENFIELD — A man who brought a gun onto school property was poised to plead guilty in his criminal case Wednesday afternoon, but officials could not agree whether the charge should be a felony or a misdemeanor.

Martin Hensley, 53, was arrested in May after school officials noticed a gun holster on his shoulder when the man came to Harris Elementary School to have lunch with his children. That holster was empty, but Hensley admitted to having a handgun in his car, which was parked on school grounds. Greenfield police arrested Hensley after finding a silver Colt .45-caliber handgun in Hensley’s car.

Wednesday in Hancock County Superior Court 1, the state and defense debated whether Hensley’s conviction – possession of a gun on school property – should be entered into the record as a Class D felony or a misdemeanor.

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