HOUSTON - Jurors found Chad Holley guilty in his burglary trial on Tuesday. Holley claimed he was beaten by Houston police officers while in custody.
Holley was charged with burglary of a habitation. He said four officers beat him while he was handcuffed outside a storage facility in southwest Houston on March 23.
Holley, 16, was 15 at the time of his arrest. He claimed he was with another juvenile and two adults, but denied involvement in any burglary. The three others are currently serving time for the crime.
Jurors deliberated less than three hours before reaching the verdict. Holley was sentenced to probation until his 18th birthday.
On the first day of the trial on Monday, prosecutors said that Houston police had their tactical unit out on March 23 and witnessed Holley commit burglary.
Two undercover police officers testified that they saw Holley climb a fence, but never saw him enter a home or carry anything out.
Holley did not take the stand in his own defense.
"Based on the testimony that came out and the information that did not come out, there was really no need to put him on," defense attorney Wilvin Carter said.
Co-defendant Elijah Broussard, 19, testified on Tuesday that Holley entered the home, but did not take anything.
"I think he gave a lot of inconsistencies. I don't think he gave anything damaging in regards to seeing Chad in that house," Carter said.
Surveillance cameras caught the alleged beating on tape.
A federal judge ruled that the video be withheld until all of the officers have their day in court on charges of official oppression.
Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos said the video would be released after all the trials were complete.
Officer Andrew Blomberg and three other officers were fired over the allegations and were arrested. Blomberg and Officer Drew Ryser were indicted on official oppression. Officer Phillip Bryan and Officer Raad M. Hassan were indicted on official oppression and violation of the civil rights of a prisoner.
Officer Gaudencio Saucedo, Officer Lewis M. Childress and Sgt. John W. McClellan were also terminated in connection with the incident.
Five other officers, L.M. Vaughn, M.J. Novak, R.E. Abel III, K.W. Cockrill and R.J. Oppermann, were suspended for two days for policy violations in connection with the case.
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