WILLIAMSBURG — A jury's recommendation that a South Carolina man serve more than three decades in prison for raping a woman off Parkway Drive in 2001 was made official Wednesday in Circuit Court. Charges in a separate attempted rape case were dropped.
Tyrone Lamont Holloway, 37, was convicted on felony charges of rape and abduction in December, and the jury recommended to serve a total of 33 years. On Wednesday, Judge Ray Grubbs adhered to the recommendation, sentencing Holloway to 13 years for the rape and 20 years for the abduction with intent to defile.
"I'm very sorry," said a tearful Holloway prior to the sentence being handed down. "I can't do this time, whatever time you're going to give me. This environment is not for me."
Commonwealth's Attorney Nate Green also addressed a second set of charges, which were set to go to trial in March, related to the 2002 attempted rape of a William and Mary co-ed who was attacked along Jamestown Road. He dropped the charges of attempted rape and abduction with intent to defile, noting he elected not to pursue them because of the hardships the victim would face to return to Virginia for a trial.
At the December trial, the victim testified that in September 2001, while working at Busch Gardens and living off Capitol Landing Road, she walked to the Food Lion on Merrimac Trail. She said on her way back on Parkway Drive she was approached by a man who grabbed her and pulled her toward the woods along the roadside.
She was taken farther into the woods then pushed by the suspect, at which point he raped her, she said during testimony.
In 2012, police received a new lead in the case. Green told the Gazette in December that lead was familial DNA. A scientist at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science said normally the lab looks for an exact match, but in a familial DNA search they look for individuals who could be parents, siblings or children of a submitted DNA profile.
Police followed the lead, surveilling Holloway in South Carolina and eventually recovering a fast food bag from a trash can outside a Kmart. Greens said DNA evidence was found on chicken bones inside the bag.
The DNA police recovered became the basis for obtaining an official DNA swab. Robert Scanlon, a forensic scientist at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, testified at trial that when that swab was compared to the crime scene sample it revealed a match in all areas, a probability of 1 in 6.5 billion.
Robertson can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.