By Abdul Haseeb Awad –

Today, U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel sentenced Shelton Terry, 29, of Brockton, to 15 years and 8 months in prison, to be followed by 8 years of supervised release.

Terry, who is a repeat drug offender and a repeat offender with 53 prior convictions, on August 2, 2006, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine base, commonly known as “Crack”, with intent to distribute.

Terry, was charged as part 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, who was 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 cellphones, and a search of the vehicle Terry was driving revealed items used to package narcotics.

Many of Terry’s prior convictions involve domestic abuse charges. Terry is known to law enforcement as a “serial beater of women.”