The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on Friday, May 24, 2019, Randy “Bo” Holley was convicted of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement (High Speed/ Reckless). During the trial, the State was able to prove that Holley was spotted as a passenger in a silver Cadillac. When the police tried to detain Holley for multiple felony warrants, he switched with the driver and took the police on a chase through a Panama City Beach neighborhood and up Highway 79 through West Bay. During the chase, speeds topped 130 MPH and Holley avoided spike strips laid out by law enforcement by driving though the median of Highway 79. The defendant was captured the next day when he fled once again from law enforcement in Washington County. This time law enforcement successfully deployed spike strips that disabled the defendant’s car.
The defendant has numerous pending felony charges and has multiple prior felony convictions. The State is seeking to have the defendant classified as a habitual felony offender which would qualify the defendant for a maximum sentence of up to 30 years. Sentencing is scheduled for June 7, 2019, before Circuit Judge Christopher N. Patterson. The case was investigated by Bay County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Alexis Sykes and Nicole Reed.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.