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Thomas Holloway was expected to be sentenced Wednesday in Starke County as the result of a plea agreement that was filed in court December 4th. Part of the plea agreement was contingent on LaPorte County Community Corrections accepting Holloway into their work release program.

On Dec. 7th LaPorte Community Corrections let the court know that they would not accept Holloway into their Community Corrections Program.

The original plea agreement was up for the accused to secure a work release agreement. If one could not be found then Holloway was to serve time in prison.

This remained the position of the prosecution.

Holloway’s most serious charge of Rape is a level 3 felony with a sentencing guideline of three to six years.

Judge Hall scheduled a status hearing for Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. CST to hear if a new plea agreement can be reached, that the terms of this agreement can be satisfied or if a trial date should be set.

One complicating factor is that a new prosecuting attorney has been elected and a new administration will be representing the State of Indiana in the new year. This could require sometime for the new attorneys to become familiar and knowledgeable about the case.

Judge Hall commented that he “would not try a level 3 felony without the attorneys having amble time to prepare.”

Holloway was charged on July 3, 2017 with Rape when victim is unaware of the defendants actions, Other sexual conduct which is a level 3 felony. He was also charged with Child exploitation manage, produce, sponsor, present, exhibit, photo, film, video a level 5 felony.

Holloway was also charged with Sexual misconduct with a minor defendant, has intercourse or engages in other sexual conduct also a level 5 felony. This count was to be dropped as part of the plea agreement.

In the plea agreement Holloway would be sentenced to seven years on the first count with three of those years on work release if the defense could secure it. Otherwise he would serve that time at Indiana Department of Corrections. He would spend two years on house arrest with electronic monitoring, one year on probation and one year dismissed.

On the child exploitation charge he would receive 2 years to be served with his three years of work release.

Provided by Greg Hildebrand Managing Editor of the Pilot News