Chad Holley in court again, facing possible prison term for probation violation

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Chad Holley – whose videotaped beating by Houston police officers in 2010 made national headlines -may be sentenced to prison Friday as a judge takes up prosecutors’ motion to revoke his probation.

Prosecutors have asked state District Judge Robert Johnson to sentence Holley to six years in prison for allegedly violating terms of his probation. 

His attorney, Philip Scardino, will argue that he should remain on probation.

Holley was charged in December with capital murder, which was later dismissed for lack of evidence. He has been in in the Harris County Jail jail since October on alleged probation violations.

In 2013, he received seven years of deferred adjudication under a felony burglary plea deal. That probation was in effect in October when he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of theft and trespassing.

Holley was a 15-year-old high school sophomore in 2010 when he was beaten by Houston police as he fled a burglary arrest. The incident gained national attention in 2011 when surveillance video surfaced that showed officers kicking and punching the unarmed teen.

A dozen officers were disciplined and four were indicted on misdemeanor charges. Two took plea deals, one was convicted by a jury and the fourth was acquitted. Holley was convicted of burglary in juvenile court and received probation.


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