Gatto ordered to not drink alcohol or visit bars before incident at Rude Rudy’s

According to a court document, prior to his death, Michael Gatto was ordered in a pre-trial agreement to not drink alcohol or visit any location that primarily serves alcohol. 

Brendan Ward

According to a recent court document, prior to his death, Michael Gatto was ordered in a pre-trial agreement to not drink alcohol or visit any location that primarily serves alcohol.

The documents are part of the civil case, Gatto v. Statesboro, in which the Gatto family is suing the city of Statesboro for more than $11 million. 

According to the documents, Gatto was arrested and charged with theft of services and underage possession or consumption of alcohol on July 4, 2014.

According to the documents, on Aug. 5, 2014, Gatto entered into a pre-trial agreement.

As part of the pre-trial agreement, Gatto was not allowed to:

  • Violate any criminal laws
  • Drink or consume any alcoholic beverage or have any alcoholic beverages in his possession
  • Enter or contact any bar, liquor store, nightclub or other location whose primary purpose was to sell or serve alcohol

The documents further allege that Gatto violated the pre-trial agreement by going to Rude Rudy’s, using a fake ID to buy alcohol, and stealing from the bar and/or refusing to leave after he was accused of stealing.

Gatto’s legal counsel, Deitch and Rogers, said the documents are not the full story but declined to comment further due to pending litigation.

Andrew Rogers, legal counsel for the Gatto v. Statesboro case, said, “What the city has alleged is just that. They’re just allegations.”

McClain Baxley and Matthew Enfinger contributed to this story.

Brendan Ward, The George-Anne Coverage/Daily Managing Editor, [email protected]