April 10, 2008

Suspended Execution of Sentence Granted in Child Molestation Case

After waiting more than a year for trial, the case of Missouri vs. Wallace Gene Holt concluded recently.

Holt, 71, who originally was charged with five counts of child molestation in the first degree, a Class B felony, changed his plea from not guilty, and entered a guilty plea on February 1, 2008.

Holt was arraigned May 3, 2007 in Scotland County. A change of Judge was granted and Judge Russell E. Steele of Kirksville was assigned the case.

On March 26th Judge Steele sentenced Holt to the Missouri Department of Corrections for five years on count II. The sentence is to run concurrently with sentences in Scotland County Case No. 07SE-CR00045-01 and Scotland County Case No. 07SE-CR00046-01, in which Holt also pled guilty to one count of child molestation in the first degree.

Execution of the sentence was suspended and Holt was placed on probation for five years under the supervision of the Board of Probation and Parole.

Court costs and jail board bill including medical expenses were ordered taxed against the defendant and a Crime Victim’s Compensation Judgment (CVCJ) in the amount of $68 was also assessed against the defendant.

The first count in each of the three indictments was dismissed with prejudice.

Holt, formerly of Arbela, was taken into custody in Monroe County on April 6th, 2007 by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on three warrants from Scotland County.

He originally faced a charge of sexual misconduct in the 1st degree (class A misdemeanor), five counts of child molestation in the first degree (class B felony), child molestation in the 1st degree (class C felony), and two counts of statutory sodomy in the 1st degree - deviate sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 14 (class B felony).

The investigation was initiated by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office before being turned over to the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team (STAT). The STAT team is assigned such cases through the Missouri Division of Family Services.

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