September 25, 2006
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a Will County judge sentenced a Joliet woman to three years in prison for threatening to kill a witness who had testified against her during an eviction hearing.
Addie Holmes, 39, was convicted in August of one count of harassment of a witness. The state alleged that she threatened a witness following an eviction hearing on April 17 at the Will County Courthouse.
Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak sentenced Holmes on Monday.
Holmes first threatened the victim in a courthouse hallway on April 17. This occurred shortly after a judge ordered her to move out of the Evergreen Terrace apartment complex, where she had been living without the management company’s authorization. Thirty minutes later, Holmes again threatened the woman in a hallway at the Joliet apartment complex.
On both occasions, Holmes threatened to kill the woman for testifying against her during the eviction proceedings. The victim, who is also a tenant at Evergreen Terrace, testified at Holmes’ criminal trial in August that she feared for her life.
“My office will not tolerate the intimidation of a witness, particularly when the threats occur inside the courthouse,” Glasgow said. “I will come down hard on anyone who bullies a witness on even the smallest case.”
Glasgow credited Assistant State’s Attorneys Dant Foulk and Mark Fleszewski for securing the conviction that will put Holmes behind bars.
The judge has ordered her sentence to take effect on Oct. 19 pending further motions in the case. Until then, Holmes will remain in custody at the Will County Jail.
Charles B. Pelkie
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