Jury: Smoak Guilty In Shotgun Incident At Athens High School

A jury found Thomas Brian Smoak guilty in Febraury

A jury found Thomas Brian Smoak guilty in Febraury

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County jury has found Thomas Brian Smoak guilty in a 2010 incident at Athens High School.

Thursday afternoon, the jury found Smoak, 52, guilty of making a terrorist threat and possession of a weapon with the intent to do bodily harm.  He didn’t show any reaction to the verdict.

Police say Smoak took a loaded shotgun to Athens High School in May of 2010.  His wife called the school to say her husband was angry about their son’s suspension.  She told someone at the school Smoak was on his way to confront the principal with a gun.

Police say Smoak had extra shells in his pocket.

Limestone County Circuit Judge James Woodroof ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and scheduled sentencing for May 7 at 2:00 p.m.  He then ordered Smoak to be remanded to the Limestone County Jail to await sentencing without bond.

Smoak made no comment as he was led away in handcuffs.  Defense attorney John Totten did not have anything to say, either.

Limestone County District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones commended the jury for their attention, and Athens Police, along with Athens High School personnel, for their response to the situation.

Jones says he has no doubt that Smoak intended to kill someone that day, and had it not been for the efforts of all involved, he may very well have carried out his intentions.

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