Eric Sheppard rejects plea deal; trial postponed

| April 29, 2016

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VALDOSTA – A trial has been postponed in the case of a former Valdosta State University student who garnered national attention for walking on an American flag during a campus protest is set to appear in court this month on an unrelated gun charge.

Eric Sheppard was set to appear in court Monday, charged with one count of carrying a weapon in a school safety zone. Sheppard rejected a plea deal Thursday. A new trial date has not yet been set, reports WCTV.

Sheppard was part of a group which held several protests in which an American flag was placed on the ground and repeatedly walked on. The protests gained national attention after Air Force Veteran and former Playboy model Michelle Manhart was briefly detained but not arrested by campus police for taking the protesters’ flag during a demonstration.

In April 2015, VSU police discovered a handgun in a book bag left on campus following a demonstration in which Sheppard attended.

Investigators later linked the gun to Sheppard through a purchase receipt from a pawn shop, according to police reports.

Sheppard eluded police for a month and was arrested in Miami, Fla. in May 2015. He was granted bond under the condition that he remain at his mother’s house in Cobb County with an ankle monitor and that he does not participate in social media use.

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  1. REALLY says:

    If the gun that was found is his and this is the only thing he is being charged with why would his legal team tell him to reject the deal unless it was a outrageous deal because I can guarantee if this goes to trial in hick town USA he will get convicted

  2. Rex Reed says:

    They failed to mention that Eric violated his bond and used social media. This is another aggitator being used like a pawn on a chess board.