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Limestone Co. man found guilty of making terrorist threat against school


A jury found Thomas Brian Smoak guilty of making a terrorist threat and possession of a deadly weapon, Thursday afternoon.

Smoak drove onto the Athens High School campus with a loaded shotgun in his van because he was angry after the school suspended his son for making a racial slur in May, 2010.

On Tuesday, the prosecution called Athens High School principal Chris Bolen to the stand. He testified that Smoak's wife called the school to warn them that her husband was coming to the school with a gun, and that she said they need to lock up the school.

He also testified that Athens Police were with him as he spotted the blue van Smoak's wife described drive onto school property.

Smoak drove away, and police pulled him over, discovering a loaded shotgun and shells in his pocket.

The sentencing phase of the trial is next.

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