2010-10-07 / Front Page

Lee County Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Drug Possession

A Giddings man was found guilty and convicted of possession of cocaine, 4-200 grams in a drug free zoneon Thursday, September 30, 2010 in the 21st Judicial District Court in Giddings. The jury sentenced Clifton Eugene Holloway Sheppard to 25 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Judge Reva Towslee Corbett presided over the trial.

On March 5, 2009, Clifton Eugene Holloway Sheppard was stopped by the Giddings Police Department for an expired inspection sticker on the vehicle he was driving. The stop took place in the three hundred block of Grimes Street, which is in front of the Immanuel Lutheran Church School in Giddings. After he was identified, it was also discovered he had an outstanding warrant for child support. When he exited the vehicle and stood in the back to be handcuffed, he ran from the officer. The officer chased him into a neighborhood. Holloway Sheppard laid on the ground, but would not comply with the officer’s commands to show his hands. The officer applied the tazer and was able to handcuff Holloway Sheppard and take him into custody. When they returned to the patrol car, cocaine was found in front of Holloway Sheppard’s vehicle in the path he had run.

The 6-man, 6-woman jury was empanelled on Monday, September 27 and evidence was presented through Thursday. After deliberating for two and a half hours, the jury found Holloway Sheppard guilty and after one hour they assessed his punishment at 25 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will have to serve at least 5 years before he is eligible for parole. Holloway Sheppard had previously had his probation revoked for the charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance 4-200 grams in 1998 and had received a 15 year sentence to TDC.

Steve Keng of Giddings represented Holloway Sheppard. Special prosecutor, Renee Ann Mueller of Brenham represented the state.

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