Suspect in Lowndes chase pleads guilty

By | October 17, 2020

VALDOSTA – A Florida man who led Lowndes County deputies on a high-speed interstate chase following a robbery pleaded guilty in federal court this past week.

James Clemente Holloway, 43, of Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Charlie Peeler, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said in a statement.

Holloway is a convicted felon, according to federal documents. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. A sentencing date has not been set.

“Holloway robbed a traveler at gunpoint at the southbound rest area at exit 79 on Interstate 75 in Turner County, Ga., on the morning of March 12, 2019, holding a gun to the man, demanding money,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office statement. 

A wallet containing $140 was stolen, Jacob Horsley, an investigator with the Turner County Sheriff’s Office, told The Valdosta Daily Times for a 2019 article.

“Holloway took off with the cash. A BOLO was issued, and (Lowndes County) sheriff’s deputies spotted Holloway, pursuing him at speeds of 110 miles per hour,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. “Holloway changed lanes multiple times and deputies successfully deployed stop sticks, which caused Holloway’s tires to blow.”

During the arrest, a Taurus .25-caliber pistol, a small amount of marijuana and the stolen cash were confiscated. At the time, he was was charged with felony flee/attempt to elude, suspended license and marijuana – possession in Lowndes County and armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Turner County, authorities said.

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The U.S. Attorney’s office claims Holloway has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for felony grand theft auto, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, felony burglary, felony breaking and entering and felony probation violation.

“Holloway caused a tremendous amount of terror in a short time, robbing a traveler at gunpoint and creating havoc along a busy highway,” Peeler said. “I want to commend the Turner County and Lowndes County deputies who responded quickly and bravely to a dangerous situation, ultimately bringing the defendant into custody and restoring peace to the community.” 

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