A Bell County judge sentenced a Killeen man to years behind bars on three felony charges, despite the man’s defense attorneys’ asking the judge to consider a term of probation in the cases.
Eric Lee Greenup, 47, pleaded guilty on April 13 to one charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony; one charge of evading arrest with a previous conviction, a state jail felony; and one charge of tampering or fabricating evidence, a third-degree felony.
On Tuesday afternoon, in the 426th Judicial District Court, Judge Steve Duskie found Greenup guilty and sentenced him to 8 years in prison on the two third-degree felony charges and 12 months in state jail on the remaining charge.
All sentences will be served concurrently.
Greenup was being held in the Bell County Jail on Thursday in lieu of bonds totaling $8,000, on his remaining misdemeanor charges and no bond listed on the three felony charges.
Because it was an open plea, the judge decided Greenup’s sentence after hearing brief arguments from attorneys.
“I’m asking you to consider a term of deferred adjudication probation, but I will leave this to the discretion of the court,” said defense attorney Michael Cooper.
The state’s prosecutor said it was “ridiculous” to consider probation as an option in Greenup’s cases.
“This individual is a felon many times over,” said Assistant District Attorney John Erskine. “This is not a good probation candidate. He’s not going to abide by the conditions…previous deferred adjudication probation (sentences) were not successful. The only alternative is to send him to a term of years in prison because he hasn’t gotten the message in the past.”
Two of the felony charges date back to May 2, 2018, when Killeen police officers pursued Greenup after he had escaped arrest.
The officer “states that Greenup fled after a baggie of what appeared to be a white rock-like substance was found in his sock,” according to the arrest affidavit. While fleeing, officers said he put the baggie in his mouth and attempted to chew it.
For that incident, Greenup was charged with evading arrest with a prior conviction and tampering with evidence.
Greenup incurred a third felony charge on Aug. 24, 2020, after Killeen police said he fled the scene of another arrest. A Bell County deputy had responded to a criminal trespass call in the 900 block of Soukup Lane. There, the deputy found a man, who later was identified as Greenup, sitting inside a closed gate at the entrance to the property.
Police said that the man initially gave them a false name and the license plate did not match the vehicle’s year and model. The deputy learned Greenup’s identity and that he had an active felony warrant for his arrest.
“The suspect refused to exit the vehicle, started the engine, drove through a locked gate, and fled the scene,” according to the affidavit. “A multi-agency pursuit ensued…” Units from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, state troopers, Killeen police, and several law enforcement agencies in Williamson County were involved in the chase.
Police said that during the pursuit, he stuck his arm out of his vehicle and dumped a substance out of a plastic bag.
“The suspect’s vehicle struck a set of spike strips and suspect stopped the vehicle and fled on foot,” police said. “Officers were unable to locate the suspect after an extensive search.”
Greenup later was arrested by U.S. Marshals and booked into the Bell County Jail on Sept. 11, 2020.
Criminal conviction records from the Texas Department of Public Safety show that Greenup has prior convictions for credit or debit card abuse in 2014, in Newton, Tex.; misdemeanor marijuana possession, failure to identify and evading arrest in 2016, in Killeen; evading arrest and detention in 2016, in Houston; and failure to identify in 2017, in Killeen.