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Eric Sheppard sentenced after gun conviction

Eric Sheppard (Source: Hillsborough County, FL Sheriff's Office) Eric Sheppard (Source: Hillsborough County, FL Sheriff's Office)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

 Valdosta State University protester Eric Sheppard, who had a gun on the school's campus, was sentenced yesterday in Valdosta after he gained national attention as he and others desecrated the American flag during a protest.

Chief ADA Brad Shealy said that Sheppard was sentenced Monday to three years in probation, a $2,000 fine, 120 hours of community service, and he must pay $1,036 in restitution to Lowndes County. He is not allowed on VSU campus, or allowed to go on the property. 

During one protest, police say they found a gun in a backpack they linked to Sheppard. He was arrested in Florida last May and sent back to Lowndes County. He is charged with carrying a weapon in a school safety zone.

His April trial came almost exactly one year after Sheppard said in an interview that he is "a terrorist toward white people."

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