Jury finds Oak Ridge man guilty of reckless endangerment

Gordon Katz was convicted of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon following a jury trial in Clinton, a press release issued by Attorney General Dave Clark said.

The trial was held Thursday, Aug. 17.

Katz was accused of firing shots into the former Throttle Down Tavern, located on Warehouse Road in Oak Ridge, while the business was occupied.

These events occurred on July 26, 2015.

Fortunately, none of the occupants of the building were struck by the bullets fired through the outside wall.

Witnesses testified that Katz and a companion had been asked to leave the business earlier that same evening.

A jury of 12 Anderson Countians found him guilty following the one-day trial and approximately 45 minutes of deliberation.

The case was investigated by Detective Kevin Craig of the Oak Ridge Police Department.

Deputy District Attorney Tony Craighead prosecuted the case — reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, which is a Class E felony. Sentencing of Katz will be conducted on Oct. 9 in the Criminal Court, Judge Don Elledge presiding.

District Attorney General Dave Clark said, “I am grateful to all of those involved in making sure that justice was done in this case.”