Chick-fil-A fight gets Tomball man probation

FORT WORTH --A Tomball man was sentenced to six months' probation Monday for making threats during a fight last year at a drive-through lane at a Southlake Chick-fil-A when he didn't move his Bentley out of the way.

Eddye Lovely, 49, was accused of assaulting a woman at the restaurant drive-through and threatening to shoot her husband and a restaurant employee who came to her aid, while his sons assaulted her.

He agreed to a plea deal just before a jury was to be seated Monday morning in County Criminal Court No. 2. Lovely pleaded no contest to a charge of terroristic threat and guilty to assault with bodily injury. Under the agreement, Lovely will serve six months' probation on the terroristic threat charge and pay a $2,000 fine. He will serve no time for the assault.

He was also ordered to do 40 hours of community service, stay away from the victims and never visit the Southlake Chick-fil-A.

"He just wanted to put this behind him," said his attorney, S.J. Chambers of Arlington. "It was putting a lot of stress on his family."

Had he been convicted, Lovely would have faced a maximum of a year in jail on the assault with bodily injury charge and 180 days in jail on the charge of terroristic threat.

"The victims of this incident were happy with the plea deal and that the case was resolved," Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Allenna Bangs said.

Southlake police said Lovely's two sons are accused of repeatedly punching the woman.

The trial for his son Brenden Lovely, 20, of Tomball is scheduled for Wednesday in Fort Worth, but prosecutors said a plea agreement could be reached. A 15-year-old son who witnesses told police was also involved in the assault was referred to the juvenile justice system.

Eddye Lovely and Brenden Lovely were arrested shortly after the incident in the parking lot of the Southlake Hilton, where Eddye Lovely's wife was registered, according to arrest warrant affidavits for the men.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. Aug.15 after a couple received their order from the drive-through window of the restaurant, 2301 E. Southlake Blvd., and were ready to drive away. A Bentley was blocking the exit, so the husband honked twice, police have said.

Eddye Lovely got out of the Bentley and began yelling, prompting the woman to leave her vehicle and yell back at him, police said.

Two young men then got out of the Bentley, police said. One punched the woman in the mouth, and she slapped him. Then the men knocked her to the ground and began hitting her repeatedly, police said.

The woman's husband tried to go to her aid, but the Bentley's driver told him that he had a gun and threatened to shoot him if he got out, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Employees who came to the woman's aid also were threatened by the driver, although witnesses told police that he never displayed a weapon.

Seconds after the attack, the woman told police that the driver said she couldn't do anything about the assault because the young men were minors. The woman, whom police did not identify, was treated at the scene, police said.

Police tracked the car with a license plate number an employee photographed with his cellphone. Police then obtained driver's license photos of the men, whom the couple identified in a lineup, police said.

Eddye Lovely's arrest record includes assault, resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession. Brenden Lovely's arrest record includes theft of a firearm and credit-card abuse.

Tomball is northwest of Houston.



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