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Man get 8 years for assaulting a police officer in Lexington County

Colby Alfred Henke, 38, was sentenced to eight years following a guilty plea to Assault on a Police Officer While Resisting Arrest and Threatening the Life of a Public Official.

  • On May 1, 2020, an agent with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole responded to a home in Lexington County to conduct a standard visit with a parolee.  Upon the agent’s arrival, Henke approached the agent and repeatedly threatened to shoot the agent in the face and beat him.  Despite all attempts to defuse the situation, Henke ignored all commands and continued to threaten the agent.  He then proceeded to charge at the agent in an attempt to assault him.  At this point, the agent called for emergency backup.
  • Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived to assist, however, Henke continued to be combative and ignored all commands.  He also kicked and attempted to bite a deputy while they were attempting to place him under arrest.  Due to Henke’s combative behavior, law enforcement resorted to placing him in a violent prisoner restraint during transport to the detention center.  While at the detention center, Henke threatened to kill a Lexington County Sheriff’s deputy. Henke has numerous prior criminal convictions, including Willful Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Assistant Solicitor Whitney Yongue of the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office handled the prosecution of this case.