Eric Sheppard pleads guilty, will be sentenced in August

| June 30, 2016

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VALDOSTA – A former Valdosta State University student charged with bringing a firearm on campus has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in August.

Eric Sheppard pleaded guilty on May 31 to one count of carrying a weapon in a school safety zone, reports the Valdosta Daily Times.

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 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.

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. Just Another Case says:

    of keepin’ a brother down.

    • Rex Reed says:

      You have an interesting family concerning your brother. Your brother brought a gun to school, stomped on our country’s flag in a show of defiance, made threats in the local paper, violated a social media ban, and fled to another state where the law finally caught up with him. (and we’re keeping him down?)

    • Robert says:

      Just another case of keepin’ justice alive.

    • Steve says:

      God knows that a “brother” should be able to advocate the killing of White’s (on video) and be able to carry out his beliefs by bringing a gun to school. What has this world come to?

  2. Shane says:

    I guess there was some compelling evidence or Sheppard wouldn’t have taken a plea. I’m betting he gets probation and nothing more. He’s going to catch a major break by pleading guilty.

  3. Just Another Case says:

    Of breaking the law and getting what you deserve.

  4. justice served says:

    He should have been charged with inciting a riot as well, maybe this will jump start his career of being a convicted felon.

  5. Melissa says:

    seriously keeping another brother down. Poor babies break the law and then complain they keeping a brother down.
    Um no how bout Justice. Oh wait u probably don’t have justice in ur vocabulary .
    If brothers would get a job, not break the law, you wouldn’t have to worry about keepin a brother down. That cycle needs to end. Be responsible for ur actions 🙂

  6. If I had been crazy enough to be stomping on an American flag and then walking off the comparative safety if campus, I would have had a gun, too. If he’d pulled this trick in Rebecca, GA, you would have never found the body.

    • Kenny says:

      The location in GA is irrelevant. Doubtful he would have been killed simply for walking on the flag. Either way, despite how much we may dislike him having done so, he had every right to walk on that flag. As a veteran myself, we don’t get to pick and choose which parts of our constitution we uphold.
      The gun however is inexcusable. His hate and racist filled speech is just pure ignorance and society is to blame for that.
      We have so much hatred these days within our own country. And your comment is no different. Do I dislike him for what he did and said? Most certainly, but i have no hatred for him, only pity that he had to grow up only knowing that hatred this world is sharing.

    • America says:

      Well this ain’t Rebecca, Ga Merrill! It’s Valdosta Ga!!!

    • Wow... says:

      Well good thing it’s not Rebecca, GA…down here in Valdosta we respect human life. What a horrible and ignorant way of looking at this, dude. You’re making the Caucasian race look bad. You are the reason the Eric Sheppards of the world exist & feel the need to lash out. Ugh.

  7. nice says:

    CARRYING A GUN ON CAMPUS WAIT DIDNT THEY JUST VOTE TO MAKE THAT LEAGAL AND MERRILL GUICE HOW ABOUT WE FIND YOU ANYWHERE IN TOWN AND SEE HOW YOU SMILE THEN

    • Wow... says:

      Governor Nathan Deal vetoed the bill.

    • Robert says:

      Ignorance is bliss i guess. That bill was vetoed the second it hit the governors desk. Yet now you can carry a stun gun or tazer on college campuses. Thats really going to help against a gun.

  8. Future domestic terrorist. This hater of America, should be closely watched, for the rest of his life.

  9. What it boils down to says:

    What it boils down to is he broke the law by bringing that gun on campus when I a white women broke the law I had to face the consequences so what makes him any different… because he is black oh please it’s not a racist thing it’s a you broke the law thing