Local man gets probation for making threats against Obama

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By Calen McKinney


The former Campbellsville man spending 35 years in prison for raping a woman has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Barack Obama and rape his wife and children. In exchange, the man has been sentenced to probation for his crimes.

Anthony D. Holliman, 36, who is incarcerated at Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, was indicted last February by a federal grand jury.

According to a U.S. Attorney's office news release, Holliman allegedly wrote to Obama in May 2011 and threatened to rape his wife and children.

In his letter to Obama, Holliman wrote that he would "blowe your brains out with a pistel."

If convicted by jurors, Holliman faced as much as 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Holliman pleaded not guilty to the charges, threats against the president and threats against the president's family, last March.

Court dockets state that Holliman was ordered to undergo a psychiatric exam, which was later sealed and entered into court records.

Last month, Holliman appeared before Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson III and pleaded guilty to the crimes.

In exchange, he was sentenced to two years' supervised probation and ordered to pay a $200 assessment fee.

Records state that, in addition to his probation sentence, Holliman is to, when released from prison, not have any weapons and to comply with the terms of his sex offender registration.

He was also ordered to complete a community-based mental health treatment program, participate in sex offender counseling and to not have contact with his victims.

Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser prosecuted the case against Holliman, which was investigated by the United States Secret Service.

Donald J. Meier, a public defender for Western Kentucky Federal Community Defender Inc. of Louisville, represented Holliman.

An email and phone call from the News-Journal office to Meier for comment about Holliman's case went unanswered at press time.

Holliman, formerly of 155 Sadona Drive, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for raping a Taylor County woman and holding her and her child hostage.

After he is released, Holliman will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Court records state that he will be eligible for parole on Jan. 7, 2028, and his sentence is set to expire on Jan. 7, 2043.

Holliman was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in January 2008 and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Holliman pleaded guilty to the charges in April 2009 and was sentenced by Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram the following June. He has been incarcerated ever since.

If convicted by a jury, Holliman could have been sentenced to as much as 70 years in prison.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, Holliman held the woman and her child hostage in January 2008.

A police investigation revealed that Holliman held the woman and her child hostage overnight and placed a gun to the woman's head.

According to court records, the woman told police that Holliman tied her up with a rope and forced her to have sex with him.

Police were called after the woman, child and Holliman went to a local convenient store to buy coffee. The woman told a clerk at the store that she was being held against her will and to call 911.

Holliman later told police that he heard voices telling him to kill the woman.

Campbellsville Police Captain Pat Thompson investigated the case.