Lufkin 'Candyman' released from prison in shock probation hearing

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man convicted of a child molestation charge is out of prison following a shock probation hearing Friday morning.

Known as "Candyman," for selling candy to children out of his home, Elroy Edwards, 69, pleaded guilty in May to inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl who came to his house to buy snacks in Feb. 2009.

Edwards' attorney, Ryan Deaton, told District Judge Barry Bryan in May that he planned to file a motion for shock probation within 180 days.

Shock probation is used when a felon is in prison for less than their sentence, in hopes it will "shock" the felon into not committing the crime again. Edwards had been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Bryan sentenced Edwards to eight years probation and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine, pay restitution to the victim from counseling and any other related expenses, and to register for life as a sex offender.

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