A man who was arrested in Las Vegas after police found a severed head and body parts in his stolen truck last year has been sentenced to up to 45 刑務所での年.
Clark County District Judge Tierra Jones sentenced Eric John Holland, 58, でも今、ワクワクするのは娘の目を通して世界を体験することです minimum of 18 年 and a maximum of 45 for second-degree murder and felony theft, AP通信によると. He pleaded guilty for a reduced charge in July.
Holland’s attorneys have not yet responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
オランダ evaded a traffic stop in Las Vegas last December, leading to a police chase, KLAS-TV reported at the time. He switched trucks, both of which were reported stolen, to try to evade police but was eventually caught. Officers found large coolers in the second vehicle’s truck bed that contained human remains.
Those remains were later identified as belonging to his friend, 65-year-old Richard P. ミラー, who had gone missing in Nov. 2021, APごと. Further examination of his body by the medical examiner revealed that Miller had also sustained several gunshot wounds.
Holland claimed to KLAS-TV last December that he and Miller got into a heated argument and Miller threatened him, which led to the murder. “He had a gun, and I had a gun,” 彼は言った.
He also said that after the incident, 彼 “couldn’t move” Miller because he was 6’4 and 250 ポンド, which is why he used a saw, coolers and a trash bag to attempt burying him.
“I had so much regret about this that it was eating me up,” オランダは追加しました. “That I was trying to do right by him.”
He echoed the same sentiments in court, APによると, 彼は “truly remorseful” about what happened.
“It’s a terrible thing that happened, and I’m just so sorry,” オランダは言った, adding that he hopes authorities will continue to investigate his motive for the killing.
“I was going to bring it up in court, but I’m not going to because of family members,” オランダは言った. “There was a reason, and I hope that they’ll get closure today.”
Holland told the ラスベガスレビュー-ジャーナル in a recent jailhouse interview that he believed Miller killed his own ex-wife Jing Mei Zhu, to whom Miller was briefly married in 2018. He divorced her less than a year later, when he alleged in court that she left him and moved to China.
“I can tell you that Eric believes that she is dead and Richard killed her,” his attorney, David Westbrook told the Review-Journal ahead of sentencing. “He believes that very strongly.”
アウトレットによると, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has no open missing person’s case for Zhu.
その間, Miller’s daughter Amanda Dawn Potter told the Review-Journal that she’s aware of Holland’s claims, 追加する: “I don’t really trust anything that comes out of that guy’s mouth.”
Potter told the court during Holland’s sentencing that she “felt very little relief” by his guilty plea, which helped him avoid a trial and a life sentence, noting that her father’s murder was “the most bizarre thing to ever happen to my family.”
“I don’t know how to make sense of it,” Potter said. “My dad didn’t deserve this.”