Tim Holland Sentenced

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

Tim Holland will spend the next 30-60 years of his life in prison for his role in the death of his adopted son Ricky.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield went above Michigan sentencing guidelines, Wednesday morning, stating they did not depict the true seriousness of his offense. In September, he pleaded guilty to second degree murder for his part in Ricky's death.

Since he confessed in January, Tim has maintained he knew Ricky was being abused by his wife Lisa, but he did nothing to stop it or report it. He admitted to hiding Ricky's body and lying about his disappearance.

Tim tearfully addressed the court Wednesday before he was sentenced. "I stand here to say I'm sorry for what I did. I ask the community, my family and my son to someday find it in their hearts to forgive me for what I did, but until that day my actions and decisions will be my cross to bear and bear them I will," he said during his two minute talk.

Judge Paula Manderfield addressed Tim before she sentenced him. Fighting back emotion herself the Judge said, "The court is convinced you knew exactly what was happening in that home and you could have saved Ricky Holland's life."

Tim can appeal his sentence. He has 42 days to file the paperwork. Lisa, who was convicted of first degree murder and first degree child abuse, will be sentenced to life in prison later this month.

Tim Holland at his Sentencing


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