Man guilty of assault for punching 2 fans outside Neyland Stadium

KNOXVILLE - A man who punched two people outside Neyland Stadium after a game last year could face up to four years in prison after his conviction.

According to the Knox County District Attorney General's office, a jury found Gordon Shane Johnson, 36, guilty of  Aggravated Assault, Assault, and Evading Arrest. He will be sentenced on December 2.

Prosecutors said Johnson was yelling in the parking lot outside of the stadium on September 12, 2015, when Tennessee played Oklahoma. As fans exited the stadium, one of them Johnson to calm down.

Johnson replied by punching the victim in the face, then turning to another person and punched them in the nose.

An officer who was working security witnessed the assault, and when he ordered Johnson to stop, Johnson ran into the crowd. The officer chased him, and eventually caught up with him when he ran into a dead end.

The first victim had to have facial reconstruction surgery to install several plates and screws, and the victim's jaw was wired shut for five weeks.

Johnson could be sentenced to two to four years behind bars.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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