Chad Holley heads to jail for burglary
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Despite his tearful plea in court this morning, Chad Holley, whose taped beating at the hands of Houston police officers after a 2010 burglary made national headlines, is heading to jail on a second burglary charge.
In a downtown Houston courtroom this morning, Holley was sentenced to seven years deferred adjudication probation and six months in county jail for the burglary in June of last year.
Holley was in tears through most of the proceedings. His mother testified in his behalf, saying her son was not 'prison material.' And while pleading with the judge to give him another chance, Holley testified that he's trying to make better choices.
"He's gonna get 180 days as a condition of his probation, that's gonna teach him that are consequences to his actions and yet at the same time it will provide him guidance when he gets out with the probation where he can continue in school and be a father to his young daughter," said defense attorney Leticia Quinones.
Prosecutors, however, said that while out on bond on the burglary charge, that Holley continued to smoke marijuana and doesn't have a job.
The judge told Holley that he needs to grow up and make better decisions and that the people of Harris County are tired of criminals. He also told him that he did well on probation and that not everyone deserves to go to prison.
Holley has been in the public spotlight ever since a surveillance camera recorded Houston police officers hitting and kicking the then 15-year-old during his first burglary arrest in March 2010. As a result, six officers were fired and four of them were charged with misdemeanor official oppression.
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