The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on August 13, 2019, a Bay County jury found Horace Evan Hollie guilty of Resisting an Officer without Violence and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. The State presented photographic and testimonial evidence that on May 8, 2019, Cpl. Boan with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office was battered by the Defendant after responding to a call about a passed out individual outside a Dollar General store located on 15th Street. Upon arriving at Dollar General, Cpl. Boan approached a man fitting the suspect’s description and asked for the man’s identification. Unbeknownst to Cpl. Boan at the time contact was made, that man, later-identified as the Defendant, had an active warrant for his arrest. The Defendant then tried to run, with the hopes of avoiding his arrest on that outstanding warrant. A struggle ensued as Cpl. Boan tried to single-handedly detain the Defendant and confirm his identity. During the struggle, Cpl. Boan testified that the Defendant battered him and resisted his efforts to detain the Defendant.
Hollie is set for sentencing before the Honorable Judge Dustin Stephenson on August 30, 2019. At sentencing, the Judge will also consider the Defendant’s status as a Habitual Felony Offender, which doubles the Defendant’s statutory maximum sentence to up to 10 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Calie Rivera and Frank Sullivan.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.