Verdict released in the 2012 Courthouse Shooting


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/25 10:59 pm Published: 1/25 10:06 am


Jurors have reached a guilty verdict in the trial of the man responsible for the Tulsa County Courthouse Plaza shooting in 2012.

FOX23 has been following the trial of Andrew Dennehy since the beginning, and we were there as the verdict was announced just before midnight on Friday.

After deliberating for more than seven hours, the 12 jurors came to a unanimous decision in the Courthouse Plaza Shooting Trial.

The jury rejected Andrew Dennehy's insanity defense, finding him guilty of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm after former adjudication as a delinquent.

They also said he was guilty of reckless conduct with firearm, attempted escape and assault and battery on an officer.

For those charges, the jury recommended a combined 23 years, 10 days in prison with a $3,500 fine.

The jury did find Dennehy not guilty on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

In March 2012, Dennehy went to the Courthouse Plaza and shot a deputy.

A bystander was also injured in the exchange of gunfire.

FOX23 spoke with Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office about how deputies feel about the verdict.

“When you try and put a value to what actually took place, a deputy's life was salvaged that day," Clark said. "That he wasn't fatally wounded by a gunshot, and yet somebody only pays the price of 20 years. That's the verdict of the jury, and that's what we have to respect, but it seems like the guy got off pretty easy.”

Dennehy will receive his formal sentence on March 3. 

“If Deputy (David) Fortenberry's hands hadn't been where they were, he very likely would have died," District 27 Assistant District Attorney Anthony Evans said. "357 rounds to the neck would very likely have killed him so I would like to have seen more.”

FOX23 tried to reach out to Dennehy's mom and his attorney, but they didn't want to comment after the verdict was reached.

FOX23 News also asked Clark about the reaction of Deputy David Fortenberry; the deputy who suffered a gunshot wound the day of the crime. Clark said Fortenberry was not satisfied.

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Unwashed Mass - 1/27/2014 11:42 AM
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This trial was mainly for the egos of the sheriff's department. Remember, the deputies that opened fire in the direction of a crowded public library (striking one library patron) gave themselves bravery medals. They have their own version of reality.

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2014 12:40 PM
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It just seems that the guy got off pretty easy. I guess Mr Clark hasn't been wounded. I'm sure in Mr Clark's veiled opinion Dennehey should be mortally wounded from TCSO gunfire. Instead the nations biggest disappointment rears it's head in the tragedy that they depict as the lAnd of the free. Rockin on with kid rock. There's more to life than this.

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2014 12:26 PM
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Dirty Sermon (aka Unwashed Mas) #8 ^]] Didn't he use a starters pistol? Bout as effective as a squirt gun!..? To protect and to serve............ Donuts :-( rEcaptcha said hipsad how ironic is that??

Unwashed Mass - 1/26/2014 12:09 PM
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"In March 2012, Dennehy went to the Courthouse Plaza and shot a deputy" No, that's not what the jury said. Nor was it what the investigators found. If that's what is still in Shannon Clark's mind it should be attributed to him and not stated on the news as if it were fact. TPD looked at the surveillance tape and went on record with the fact that everyone who was shot was shot by one deputy or another (including the deputy who injured himself).

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2014 11:55 AM
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Dirty Sermon #8 ^]] the inept officers who were unable to control themselves need to be released from their (JOB) positions.

Unwashed Mass - 1/25/2014 4:26 PM
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"It just seems like the guy got off pretty easy," Major Shannon Clark of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said" 20+ years is hardly "getting off".

Unwashed Mass - 1/25/2014 11:38 AM
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The sheriff's's mouthpiece is upset because the jury didnt completely buy TCSO's story that Dennehy was shooting at cops. TPD was asked to investigate and found that Dennehy shot his pistol up in the air, and Deputy's panicked and began wildly firing. The reason he was not guilty of shooting with intent to kill Fortenberry is because the video shows the deputy injuring himself when his gun discharged into a concrete planter. With the trial over, there's no legal excuse to keep the surveillance video secret. It's public record, we have the right to see it.
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