News Release
November 17, 2006

Brockton Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years on Federal Drug Charges

NOV 28 -- Boston, MA... A Brockton man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to more than 15 years in prison on crack cocaine distribution charges. The defendant qualified for the enhanced sentence based on the Court's finding that he was both a repeat drug offender and a repeat offender, with convictions for approximately fifty-three crimes.

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and William Conlon, Chief of the Brockton Police Department, announced that SHELTON TERRY, age 29, of 1005 Belmont Street, Brockton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel to 15 years and 8 months in prison, to be followed by 8 years of supervised release. On August 2, 2006, TERRY pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine base, commonly known as "Crack", with intent to distribute.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the government's evidence would have shown that the charges arose out of a Brockton Police Department investigation in which officers observed a car driven by TERRY in the area of North Main Street in Brockton on March 20, 2005 at 3:30 a.m. When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle and speak with the occupants, TERRY, the driver, sped away. TERRY led the officers, who were in marked police cruisers, on a 90-mile-per-hour pursuit through residential and commercial sections of the city of Brockton. After several miles, TERRY crashed the vehicle on Pleasant Street, nearly careening onto Route 24 below. TERRY fled the vehicle and was observed discarding a plastic bag, which was recovered and determined to contain 13.63 grams of crack cocaine. A search of TERRY's person revealed two cellular telephones, and a search of the vehicle TERRY was driving revealed items used to package narcotics. The investigation revealed that TERRY was paying cash to stay at a Brockton hotel, and was unemployed at the time.

At yesterday's sentencing hearing, the prosecutor sought a lengthy sentence commensurate with TERRY's extensive criminal record, which included convictions for approximately fifty-three crimes. Many of the convictions involved domestic abuse charges. TERRY was described by the prosecutor as a "serial beater of women" who has been a "menace to society" since the age of sixteen.

The case was investigated by the Brockton Police Department with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.