Roger Lynn Holliman, Sr., 62, of Lucedale, pleaded guilty on Monday, February 11 to two counts of sexual battery.
According to authorities, the crimes occurred on or between August 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 near Leakesville. Holliman is the grandfather of the victim, who was eight years old when the abuse began.
During the investigation, two other granddaughters of similar ages were also discovered to have been abused by Holliman. He confessed to the crimes. The Greene County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.
Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Holliman on the two counts of Sexual Battery (to run concurrently) to Forty (40) years to serve, day for day, in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, a fine of $1500, $100 to the crime victims compensation fund, and all costs of court. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life upon release from prison.
District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath stated, “The sexual abuse of these children at the hands of their grandfather is unimaginable and these children should be commended for bravely coming forward. One cannot fathom the courage it takes for a child to tell about being abused. Our children, the most innocent and vulnerable members of society, deserve to be safe in the care of their family members.
"Childhood sexual abuse steals youthful innocence and affects the child for the rest of their life. The depravity of the abuse in this case warrants this 40 year day for day sentence. I hope this sentence sends a message to child predators that they are not going to get away with abusing our kids. My office will continue to prosecute child predators to the fullest extent of the law.”
Assistant District Attorney George Huffman stated, “The damage that this defendant has done to his entire family, particularly his young grandchildren, may never heal. However, I hope the knowledge that the defendant will never be free to hurt another child aids in the healing process. I commend the bravery of these young victims in coming forward with their abuse. I also commend the efforts of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to see that justice was served in this case.”