LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 20-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea bargain Tuesday in connection to the April 2011 beating and attempted robbery of a Pollok man.
Jeromy Craig Holt pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint and exposure to serious bodily injury.
For the third-degree felony, Holt was sentenced to a two-year prison term with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that will be concurrent with a prior sentence.
According to an arrest affidavit, a vehicle containing Heather Kaye Richardson, 24, of Nacogdoches, of Lufkin, Levi Ouvre Kern, 19 of Wells, Scott Doss, 20, and Norman Reed Thacker, 26 of Pollok, were on the way to a store in Pollok to buy diapers for Richardson's child. They pulled into an oil field site where a white van was parked. After Richardson, Kern, and Doss got out of the vehicle, Eddie Joe Holt, 23, and Jeromy Holt opened the back passenger door, and started kicking and hitting Thacker in the face, stomach, chest and legs, according to the affidavit.
At some point, David Jones, Jr. 38, of Pollok opened the other door of the vehicle and joined in the attack, punching and kicking Thacker. According to the affidavit, Thacker said that one of the men said, "Let's get his billfold. We need beer and gas money."
Although Thacker suffered two black eyes, bruising all over his body and his nose was broken in two places, he managed to free himself from his attackers and run home.
Court records indicate that similar robbery and unlawful restraint charges against Richardson and Jones were dropped on June 29, 2012. On June 29, Eddie Holt pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and exposure to serious bodily injury, and was sentenced to two years of prison time with the TDCJ. He was immediately transported to prison.