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DA gets conviction in beating case, Hefty sentences handed down
Houston County Courier - October 2009
By Daphne Hereford
Two people will serve prison sentences for their part in the Dec. 9, 2008 beating of then 81-year-old Hollis Ellis.
According to Houston County District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar a jury
in Judge Pam Foster Fletcher’s courtroom convicted 22-year-old Doyle McCrary of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon, injury to an elderly person and aggravated robbery charges on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
McCrary was sentenced to
15 years on the aggravated assault and fined $5,000.
On the injury to the elder charge he was fined $7,500 and sentenced to 30 years and on the aggravated robbery conviction sentenced to 25 years and fined $5,000.
McCrary will be required to at least half of the sentence on the aggravated robbery and aggravated assault charges.
The day after McCrary’s conviction, a woman also charged in the case, 27-year-old Rebecca Cleveland, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 50 years in prison by Judge Fletcher. Cleveland will serve 25 years before she is eligible for parole.
According to the original reports, Houston County deputies responded to a call reporting that a man on CR 1035 in the Beria Community had been struck in the head with a hammer and the three suspects had fled in a silver 2000 Kia.
The suspect vehicle was reportedly found later that evening in Trinity County. Information from the investigation led to the identity of the suspects.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 McCrary and Cleveland reportedly surrendered to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
The third suspect in the case, James Eric Cleveland, also 27, was also charged in connection with the case and is awaiting trial.