The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 3, 2013

Smoak could get 20 years

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com

— Thomas Smoak is facing 10 to 20 years in prison following his conviction this week on charges of making a terrorist threat and bringing a deadly weapon onto school property.

Smoak was convicted Thursday on both counts following a three-day trial in Limestone County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Jimmy Woodroof Jr. will sentence Smoak at 2 p.m. May 7.

Smoak may appeal the sentence and seek a new trial.

Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said both counts against Smoak are Class C felonies ordinarily punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison. However, because a weapon was used ...