VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The former fugitive protester accused of bringing a gun onto the Valdosta State University campus in April posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the Lowndes Co. jail at 10:45 Friday morning.
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 granted Sheppard a bond of $25,000 last week.
Sheppard 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 of his bond.
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 said was a gun inside a backpack belonging to Sheppard on campus.