Where Will Tim Holland Spend the Next 30 Years?

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

"Today we're here for the consequences of my actions," Tim Holland read in court at his sentencing Wednesday.

For the next month or so, one very direct consequence of Holland's actions will be spending time at the state Department of Corrections' Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Blackman Township.

"We will determine what programming he needs, what security level, what custody level he will be assessed at," department spokesman Russ Marlan said.

After that process is complete, Holland could be headed to a facility like the St. Louis Correctional Facility in Gratiot County.

"St. Louis or Saginaw, Mainstee, some of our larger Level 4 facilities," Marlan explained.

Those "Level 4" facilities are likely given Holland's 30-year minimum sentence, Marlan says. Level 4, or "Close Security" prisons fall between medium security and maximum security. So, what does an inmate's day look like in a Level 4 prison?

"He would spend a large amount of time in the cell but he would be allowed our for work assignments within the secure part of the facility," Marlan said. "Going to school, getting their programming would be pretty much their only time out of the cell."

Holland will likely spend 10 years in those conditions before he'd be considered for a lower security level. But he wouldn't yet be considered for parole.

"There is no good time awarded. So he will have to serve every day of the 30 years," Marlan said.

And he'll be spending those days as one of the higher-profile prisoners in the state. Marlan says if the need arises, Holland could be placed in special custody for protection.

"But at this point, I wouldn't presume he would be placed in any special, higher security level, separate from any other prisoners," he said.

That is to say, Holland will be treated the 900 other inmates entering state prisons in November while the state determines where he'll spend the next 30 years.


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