Fugitive protester granted bond

Fugitive protester granted bond

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The fugitive protester accused of bringing a gun onto the Valdosta State University campus in April could get out of jail on bond.

Eric Sheppard was originally denied bond after he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Tampa Bay, Florida, but his attorney appealed the decision and a Lowndes County Magistrate Judge had, as of Monday, granted Sheppard a bond of $25,000.

Sheppard remained in the Lowndes County Jail Monday afternoon, but if and when he bonds out he will be required to live with his mother in Cobb County, Georgia and will be subjected to a 7 p.m. curfew, along with several other conditions.

Sheppard ignited controversy when he and several other VSU student protesters walked on an American flag on the VSU campus on April 17th. Four days later, police found what they claim was a backpack belonging to Sheppard on campus, inside which was a gun.

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