Man who beat, robbed his own father gets 25 years

 Man who beat, robbed his own father gets 25 years

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that Terrence Holman, 49, of Beaumont was sentenced April 27 to a term of 25 years in the state penitentiary in connection with a 2015 aggravated robbery case of his own father.

According to information from the DA’s Office, on May 16, 2015, Terrence Holman was living with his 78-year-old father, Willis Holman, Sr. at a residence in the 4100 block of Inez in Beaumont. Willis Holman Sr., “tired of supporting his adult son who refused to help himself or the family,” informed Terrence Holman that he would have to move out of the residence. Later that night, while Willis Holman Sr. was cooking dinner for the family, Terrence approached him from behind and struck his father in the head with a wooden baseball bat.

Willis Holman Sr. was knocked unconscious and fell forward striking his head on a corner table before landing on the floor. The fall caused a serious gash over his left eye. Willis Homan Sr. was out cold for several minutes. When he came to, Terrence Holman threatened his father to not call for help or he would hit him with the bat again. While his father lay bleeding from his eye and struggling to stay conscious, Terrence Holman reached into his father’s pockets for his wallet and truck keys. Holman stole his father’s wallet containing $600 cash, credit cards and his father’s driver’s license. He also stole his 7-inch android tablet and escaped in his father’s Ford F-150. Willis Holman Sr.’s other son, Don Holman, found his father on the floor covered in blood and called 9-1-1. 

The victim was transported to Baptist Hospital and treated for his injuries, including the deep gash over his eye that required six stitches and a severe concussion.

The two-day trial was presided over by Drug Impact Court Judge Larry Gist. The jury handed down a guilty verdict after only thirty minutes of deliberation on Wednesday, and made their punishment decision the same day. Jurors heard of Holman’s prior criminal history during the punishment hearing, including that he had three prior felony convictions for delivery of a controlled substance-first degree (1997), delivery of a controlled substance-first degree (1997) and possession of a controlled substance (1997).

Prosecutor Koby Hoffpauir said, “This was a very sad situation. Men like Willis Holman Sr. are valuable assets to our community. He shouldn’t have had to suffer this type of brutal attack, especially, not at the hands of his own flesh and blood.”