The State of Louisiana v. Sherman Holloway concluded with the jury finding Holloway guilty of 1st Degree Rape, Aggravated Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Home Invasion and Aggravated Battery.
The jury deliberated for two hours before returning with a verdict.
Holloway now remains in the Vernon Parish Jail as he awaits his sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.
It should be noted that the penalty for both 1st Degree Rape and Aggravated Kidnapping is life imprisonment.
Closing statements were heard on Thursday, Oct 18.
Ronald Seastrunk handled the prosecution, while Tiffany Ratliff was Holloway’s defense. Judge Scott Westerchil presided over the case.
Holloway was arrested in July 2016 after a woman reported to police that she had been raped.
According to evidence presented in court, Holloway initially came to the victim’s home offering to mow her lawn for money. When the victim said she had no money, he offered to do it for free.
The victim agreed to let Holloway do this and agreed to let him use her lawnmower.
Holloway never mowed the lawn and instead broke into the victims home.
Holloway grabbed a knife from the victim’s kitchen and then proceeded to break into her bedroom.
Holloway used the kitchen knife to threaten the victim's life if she did not have sexual intercourse with him.
He then raped her at knifepoint, despite the victim begging him to stop.
During the course of the rape, Holloway threatened to kill the victim if she kept resisting him. According to the victim, Holloway said: “Stop crying or I’ll f---ing kill you.”
Holloway stole the victim’s pocket knife and cell phone so she could not defend herself or escape from him.
After the rape occurred, Holloway told the victim to drive him in her vehicle to the bank and instructed her to give him money.
She told Holloway she only had $20 in her account, however, Holloway still insisted on getting it from her.
The victim was able to escape Holloway after he stepped out of the vehicle to move his bicycle. When he left the vehicle, the victim made her escape.
She fled to a friends house and then went to the police.
The victim was still bleeding from the attack prior to an examination.
Holloway was arrested, and admitted to a police officer that he had raped the victim stating “I could tell that she didn’t want to do it.”
The danger to the victim’s life was confirmed when Holloway also told an officer that “If she would have hit me, I’d have killed her.”
During his closing statements, Ronald Seastrunk stated: “This is not an innocent man, there is no innocent man here, the only innocent one is the victim.”