Justice for Little Ricky
Posted by KindraLore on October 28, 2006
I know that this blog is dedicated to Colton Clark, but today is in memory of Ricky Holland. Ricky’s case reminded me of Colt’s in a lot of ways. Both boys were adopted and home schooled. Both were reported as having run away.However, we know for sure that Ricky did not run away. In fact, Ricky died July 1, 2005 of head trauma from being hit in the head with a hammer a full week before. For that week, Ricky could not talk, nor walk, nor eat or drink. This child died a slow painful death. Autopsy results concluded that Ricky also had a broken nose, clavicle and jaw bone at the time of his death.
Ricky endured as a child what most of us couldn’t endure as adults. He was constantly humiliated and made to wear diapers to school, even though he was potty trained and 7 years old. Ricky was food deprived and the monster mother sent him carrot sandwiches to school and made him wear a harness.
This child was not shown any love and was constantly referred to as the little bastard and fuck nut. He was made to stand in one spot for hours at a time, sometimes naked, until he soiled himself.
Ricky’s adoptive father, Tim Holland pleaded guilty to the murder of Ricky Holland last month. Today the jury brought a guilty verdict of Murder in the First Degree and First Degree Child abuse to his Monster Mother, Lisa Holland – and brought some sort of justice to Ricky.
To this date this child has not been laid to rest and has been held as evidence in the case against Lisa. It’s time to lay this poor baby to rest.
Today there is Justice for Ricky.
May all the angels love you, hold you, kiss and hug you as much as you want little man. Rest in peace. Although you did not know love in life, may you know it now. You will never be forgotten.
Link to Following Story
Jury finds Lisa Holland guilty of murder in son’s death
(AP) — An Ingham County jury found Lisa Holland guilty of first-degree felony murder Friday in the death of her 7-year-old adopted son.Felony murder requires a mandatory life sentence without parole.
Lisa Holland, who had shown little emotion throughout the six-week trial, cried quietly when the verdict was read.
The 33-year-old Williamston resident also was found guilty of first-degree child abuse. Sentencing was set for Nov. 28.
Prosecutors and detectives expressed relief, and hugged and shook hands after the verdict.
“The investigators’ feeling in this was everybody failed Ricky, and we couldn’t fail him,” said Ingham County sheriff’s Detective Brian Valentine.
The defense had been hoping for a not guilty verdict, or a less severe guilty verdict such as second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or accessory after the fact.
“I’m crushed. There’s just no other way around it,” said Mike Nichols, one of Lisa Holland’s two defense attorneys.
The verdict ended a seven-week trial in which the prosecution’s witnesses portrayed Lisa Holland as a cruel mother who abused her son, Ricky, by hitting him with a wooden spoon, duct-taping him to the refrigerator and making him wear a harness on the school bus.
Lisa Holland’s husband, Tim Holland, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Ricky’s July 2005 death in exchange for testifying against his wife. He said she told him she hit Ricky in the head with a hammer.
The defense said Tim Holland couldn’t be trusted because he lied many times to police, the public and the media.
Tim Holland, 37, testified that he returned home from an errand July 1, 2005, to find Ricky dead in the boy’s bed and his wife screaming she “didn’t mean to do it.” The prosecution said Ricky likely suffered a brain injury a week or more before he died, and his parents declined to get him medical attention and let him die a slow death, even though the boy couldn’t talk, eat or drink.
When Ricky disappeared, Tim and Lisa Holland said he ran away, sparking an extensive nine-day search by 1,700 volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement.
Tim Holland led police to Ricky’s body in an Ingham County game area in January, nearly seven months after he went missing. Tim Holland admitted dumping his son’s remains.
He said his wife wanted to feed Ricky to alligators, one of many gruesome details about the boy’s tragic life.
Abuse may have marred Ricky’s years with the Hollands, who became his foster parents in 2000 and adopted him in 2003. But neglect marked his time with his birth parents, whose parental rights were terminated in 2002, according to court documents.
The Hollands lived in Jackson before moving to Williamston in May 2005.