On third attempt, Lufkin Candy Man pleads guilty

Elroy Edwards mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Elroy Edwards mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man, known as "Candyman," because he sold candy out of his home, pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecency with a child. As part of a plea bargain, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The plea came four months after District Judge Barry Bryan turned down a different plea agreement, because he wanted to evaluate Elroy Edwards' level of pedophilia. Edwards went to court again last week, but his attorney, Ryan Deaton, could not get a plea worked out by the end of the day.

According to a previous report, Edwards inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl who came to his house to buy snacks in February of 2009. The girl told her sister and parents about the incident and they filed a complaint.

Deaton told Bryan he planned to file a motion for shock probation within 180 days.

"Nobody's necessarily happy. He doesn't want to go to jail for 180 days. But I think he's resigned himself that that's what he needs to do to put this behind him and get on with his life," said Deaton.

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