JAY HOLLIDAY SENTENCED TO 156 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR SEXUAL CRIMES, ASSAULT
February 4, 2020
Katie Honigford, Joseph Sharpe
156 years. That's how long 39-year-old Jay Holliday was sentenced to spend behind bars in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Holliday, who took a plea deal back in January, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sexual battery and 12 counts of felonious assault - the latter of which were for sexual conduct with a minor while knowing that he was a carrier of AIDS. Holliday will also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender.
During the sentencing, representatives from Crime Victim Services read statements from the victims: "I can’t stop dreaming about him, everything that he’s done to me, I can’t stop thinking about it, I cry still because I would still have my mom if it wasn’t for him," Crime Victim Services' Raven Loaiza read from a victim statement
Holliday said in court that he was sorry and knew that his words couldn't fix everything - but Judge Terri Kohlrieser challenged how valid that remorse was. She said that putting Holliday in prison was her best option, given Holliday's prior crimes and the effect that he had on one of his victims.
"As her stepfather, you’ve completely and utterly destroyed and warped a young girl trying to figure out life, and that will hunt her for the rest of her life," Judge Kohlrieser said.
Holliday's wife, Christy, is a co-defendant in this case. She will be tried later this year in April.
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