Ricardo Q. Holloway

DECATUR — Ricardo Q. Holloway, who prosecutors say threatened to kill a Decatur man’s children over a drug debt the father owed and prompted a safety lockdown at two city schools, was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday.

Holloway, 30, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to a single count of making a threat to kill. The plea was part of a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Diane Couri, that saw three similar charges dismissed.

Sworn affidavits related to the case from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office describe Holloway texting threats on Aug. 16, 2018, to the father over $460 he claimed he was owed for cocaine sales.

“When (the father) refused to pay, Ricardo stated he would kill (the father’s) 11-year-old child who was attending Durfee Magnet School in Decatur,” the affidavit said. “Ricardo also threatened to kill (the father’s) 17-year-old daughter who was attending MacArthur High School.”

Holloway emphasized the threats by sending the father a picture of Durfee Magnet School’s playground and added a text message saying: “Keep on playing; watch how bad it get,” according to the affidavit.

Police were alerted to the threats by the father around noon that day and the schools were warned, resulting in the lockdown to control entry to both campuses and safeguard the students. The lockdowns were lifted after police found and arrested Holloway at 2:30 p.m. the same day. Holloway had admitted threatening the father, police said, but denied stating he would kill him or his children.  

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