Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes must serve the remainder of his prison sentence after his denied motion for post-conviction release was affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Thomas Holder pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections in 2016, but the entire sentence was suspended subject to Holder's good behavior and compliance with certain conditions. After Holder provided a false address on his sex offender registration form, his suspended sentence was revoked and he was ordered to serve the full sentence.

His current appeal of a denied motion for post-conviction release argued that his original sentence contained an illegal banishment condition requiring him to stay at least 100 miles away from Hattiesburg. According to Holder, this rendered his guilty plea void, though the court disagreed and found no error, affirming the denied motion.

Holder must now serve the remainder of his sentence, and he will not be eligible for parole, earned time or trusty time because he was convicted of a sex crime.