DECATUR — Garold Holloway, the Decatur child rapist convicted again after a retrial, was handed the same sentence Monday he received after his first trial: a total of 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
His defense attorney, Steve Jones, had pleaded with Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers to sentence the 58-year-old Holloway to eight years on two counts of criminal sexual assault involving a 13-year-old girl. Holloway had been convicted again after a bench trial before Bowers on Dec. 12.
Legal rules involving the Class X felonies dictate all sentences must be served consecutively and at 85 percent. Jones said given Holloway’s age, sentencing him to the 15-year maximum on each count meant he stood small chance of getting out of prison alive.
“Quite frankly the maximum at 85 percent on both of them (convictions) most likely would be a life sentence for Mr. Holloway, looking at life expectancies …” Jones said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz described Holloway as an unrepentant predator who had tried to sell the idea that sex between him and the child was consensual. Kurtz said given the opportunity, Holloway would commit more child rapes.
“This defendant’s character and attitudes are certainly not that this offense is unlikely to recur,” she said, arguing for the maximum 15 year sentence again on each count, which Bowers imposed.
Holloway was first convicted after a two-day jury trial in 2014. The case had been sent back for retrial by the Illinois Appellate Court after the appeals judges found issue with a previous prosecutor's comments to the jury regarding whether the victim could consent to sex.
In a 20-minute rambling statement, Holloway told the court Monday his second conviction was not just and the evidence didn’t support the prosecution’s case. He said raping a child was “not in my character, my makeup; why would I do something like that?”
The victim, in a statement read to the court by her mother, said her life had been destroyed by Holloway's lust, and she had tried to kill herself. She said she now takes prescription drugs to sleep and more drugs to counter emotional problems when she is awake.
“I will never be able to be me again,” she said.