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Favorable review for teenager in beating death

by Sheila Gardner

Two years after teenager Jimmy Holman stood before a judge to be sentenced for his part in the beating death of a Gardnerville man, the now 17-year-old is free to return home.

“I want to thank you for following through with what you said you would do,” said District Judge Dave Gamble.

“I will let you transition to your mother’s house, but remember, that’s where we started. That’s where you ran off the rails,” Gamble said Tuesday.

Holman was in court for a review of his sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 beating death of Terrence Joe Howell.

Holman was 15 when he and three others were arrested in the June 22, 2009, incident.

Holman’s codefendants – including another 15-year-old and Holman’s then-stepfather – were sent to prison, but he was judged the least culpable and sentenced to probation.

Gamble sentenced him to 18-48-months and deferred his adult probation until he completed the Rite of Passage placement which he accomplished in July.

Rite of Passage is a Minden-based agency that provides treatment for at-risk youth.

“I finished Rite of Passage, I like to think, on good terms,” Holman said.

The teenager said he checked in 3-5 times a week with his juvenile probation officer and participated twice a week in a counseling group.

“At this point, he is doing very well in the community,” said juvenile probation officer Mike Torres.

Counselor Bruno Bielat said Holman was an active participant in the group sessions.

“He participates very positively,” Bielat said. “I want to be here to continue to encourage him.”

Holman’s attorney, Kris Brown, said her client sought to move in with his mother because his grandmother, with whom he had been living, was relocating parttime to Lake Tahoe.

“It seems everything is going pretty good now,” Brown said. “He’s in school, made it through Rite of Passage, and lives with his grandmother. He spends virtually every day at his mother’s when his grandmother is not home.”

Holman’s mother, Nina, said she wanted her son home.

With the addition of Holman, there will be five children at home. She said her son had been a great asset around the house.

“I’m very proud of him. He’s my son, and I would love for him to be home. We’re a family, we should be together,” she said.

His mother, who has 500 days of sobriety, is in the final phases of Western Regional Drug Court.

“You need to be there for your mom, and you’ve got responsibility for the little ones,” Gamble said.

He is to graduate in June from Silver State Academy.

“You’ve got a lot of duties here, Jimmy, but it’s better than being in prison. I’m really proud of you,” Gamble said.