The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on August 30, 2019, Circuit Judge Dustin Stephenson sentenced Horace Evan Hollie for Resisting an Officer without Violence and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. At the sentencing hearing, the State presented evidence that the Defendant should be classified a Habitual Felony Offender, doubling the maximum possible sentence to 10 years in prison. Judge Stephenson classified the Defendant as such before sentencing the Defendant to the Department of Corrections for a period of 66 months.
Previously, on August 13, 2019, Hollie was found guilty of the crimes by a Bay County jury after a trial. 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 take detain the Defendant.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Calie Rivera and Frank Sullivan.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.