HOUSTON—Chad Holley, who gained national attention in a highly-publicized case of police brutality in 2010, was arrested for an outstanding warrant Thursday, the day he was to be sentenced in a burglary case.
Holley and three friends, Donald Wesley Toran, Paulus Ramone Jackson and Alexander O’Neal Babbs, were arrested last year in June after they broke into a home one afternoon in northwest Harris County. Neighbors called police after seeing the four loading up a homeowner’s goods. When officers chased the suspects down, the community was stunned to find out Holley was involved.
The teen pleaded guilty for that offense on January 9, 2013 and his sentencing date was set for March 14. But when he arrived at the Harris County courthouse to hear his judgment, he was taken into custody for something totally different.
What flew under many people’s radars is the fact that Holley got in trouble with the law just a few months before committing the burglary act.
He was caught trespassing at Cypress Falls High School on January 18, 2012, according to Harris County records. He was convicted on March 2 of trespassing on school property and ordered to pay fines.
But more than a year later, Holley still had an outstanding balance of $187 on the trespassing charge and a Precinct 5 judge issued the warrant for his arrest. Before he could hear his punishment for the June 2012 burglary offense, he was hauled off to jail.
Holley is a teen who is no stranger to the law, the media or the community as a whole.
He has continuously found himself in the spotlight since catching national headlines after being beaten by Houston police on March 24, 2010. On that day, a 16-year-old Holley was caught burglarizing a business and ran from police.
Surveillance video showed officers chasing him down, throwing him to the ground and stomping on him. That publicized beating sparked outrage across the nation, and community activist Quanell X led the charge in demanding justice.
Four officers were later fired and charged with official oppression and Holley was given probation for that burglary.
After that, Holley said he was going to get his life together, but one time after the next, he found himself in troublesome situations.
In addition to the trespassing and burglary convictions, video surfaced of the teen flashing what appeared to be gang signs.
After news of Holley's last burglary surfaced, his mother said he had been off his medication. She said he was prescribed three psychotropic medications, including the anti-depressant Mirtazapine.
Holley could once again be given probation for his latest crime, or could possibly be sentenced to serve between two and 20 years in jail.