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October 6, 2017 - 12:01pm

Sexual predator convicted by jury of charges stemming from jail assaults

posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

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       Marlek Holmes

A sexual predator already serving 15 years in prison for his crimes against children is looking at possibly serving another seven years for assaulting fellow inmates in the Genesee County Jail and damaging jail property.

It took a jury three hours of deliberation after a three-day trial to find Marlek Holmes guilty on two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal mischief.

The potential sentence for Holmes:

  • Count 1: a determinate sentence of at least five years and as much as seven years on his conviction for a second-degree assault committed in the jail on June 5, 2016.
  • Count 2: a determinate sentence of at least five years and as much as seven years on his conviction for a second-degree assault committed in the jail on Oct. 30, 2016.
  • Count 3: an indeterminate sentence of at least one-and-a-half to three years and as much as two to four years on his conviction for third degree criminal mischief committed in the jail on Oct. 30, 2016.

State sentencing guidelines require the combined sentence for the assault charged be served consecutively to his current 15-year sentence unless the court finds it would be "in the interest of justice" to make the sentence concurrent to the 15-year sentence. The criminal mischief sentence can be either concurrent or consecutive.

Holmes will be sentenced Jan. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

He's scheduled for a third trial on two pending Class D felony charges for allegedly violating the terms of his status as a registered sexual offender. For those charges he would not be considered a second felony offender because they are crimes under Corrections Law, not Penal Law.

Therefore, if convicted in the third trial, he would face an indeterminate sentence of at least one-and-a-third to four years, and as much as two-and-a-third to seven years on each count. Under NYS law, the sentences may run consecutively or concurrently to his other sentences.

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