Ten years ago, a 21 year old Florida man named Ryan Holle was sentenced to life in prison. This sentence came with no possibility of parole for the charge for premeditated murder. The circumstances of this lifetime charge will no doubt upset you but Holle’s story has to be told to give those the insight to the injustice of a legal system gone wrong.
The strange part of this story is that Holle was home sleeping in his bed. You heard me correctly, Ryan Holle was at his home, sleeping soundly in bed while a murder happened on the other side of town, far away from where Holle even was or had been for that fact.
Here’s the truth and utter crime of this pathetic story of the court system and those that we entrust to give a real and honest verdict. The incident that led to the imprisonment of Holle happened on March of 2003 when Holle’s roomate asked to borrow his car. Holle then went to sleep until the cops came barging in some time later. Holle’s roommate and 3 other friends drove to the home of a known drug dealer. At the drug dealer’s residence Holle’s roommate and his buddy’s tried to rob the drug dealer of his cash and drugs. A scuffle ensued and the drug dealer’s 18 year old daughter was killed in a shoot out.
Now, here comes the kicker. Holle has been charged, tried and serving a life sentence for “premeditated murder” due to the fact that he lent his friend the car used in the crime. The prosecution has acknowledged that Holle himself was nowhere near the crime scene when all this happened. Despite all the evidence proving his innocence Holle was sent to prison for life. A decade later and Holle is still behind bars but his case has been brought back into the spotlight on legal in-justification.
You ask how this man was passed over by the legal system and under what charge is he serving his life sentence under? Holle was charged with Felony Murder (pre-meditated), You heard me right my friends, he is charged with Felon Murder while sleeping soundly in his bed that night.
Now comes the 2nd kicker…………. A Felony Murder charge says this “Any person involved in committing a felony where somebody was or has been killed and/or murdered”. In essence the prosecution let Holle hang as it was his car that took the gang to the drug dealer’s house where a murder was committed.
To add insult to injury, Holle has never been convicted of a crime before and chose to go to trial to prove his innocence. He was offered a plea deal before the hearing but Holle was positive he would walk on a charge that would prove he was sleeping in his bed and nowhere near the crime scene what-so-ever.
Holle’s prior record shows that he never was arrested before and the plea deal on the table was 10 years behind bars. After the prison term of life on a technicality, Holle is now in his 11th year of incarceration (10 years for the sentence and 1 year waiting for trial).
So far there is no other conviction in the state of Florida or the surrounding area where there is a Felony Murder conviction for anyone who wasn’t even present at the crime. The “pre-meditated” part of the conviction suggests that Ryan knew his car was going to be used to commit a murder.
Holle has vowed that if he is released he will become a staunch advocate against abuse that he has suffered at the hands of in the legal system. Holle’s story has once again hit the spotlight and many are standing behind him.
Holle has just recently been denied clemency by the acting governor of Florida, yet another slap in the face to the system gone wrong. Unless the system or someone with a whole lot of common sense takes a look at this conviction Ryan Holle will die in prison.
This and many legal unjustifications are pending and being prosecuted throughout the United States. Those cases like Holle’s can make anyone think that the entire legal system, from the courts all the way down to the acting police officers in this case, are all on a corrupt system that just wants a ‘brownie point’ on their rosters. The ‘Ryan Holle’s’ of this country are being cheated of a life due in part to a legal system run a-muck. No mindless D.A. or sitting judge would have left this man go to prison for life and no man with common decency would give 2 seconds thought to putting a man like Ryan Holle in prison for life, all for lending his car to someone else that committed the crime.