Jeremy Holmberg faces up to 34 years in prison after a Huron County jury found him guilty of two counts of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of robbery.
Holmberg, 27, of New London, may get less than the maximum when he is sentenced on Nov. 5, but will get a “substantial” prison sentence, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. “When you’ve committed as many crimes as Jeremy Holmberg has over the years, why should society take any more chances?” Leffler said.
Holmberg was on parole when he and accomplices broke into the rural Greenwich home of April Spain and Brandon Taft. “He’d been out a week and he was recruiting people” to commit crimes, Leffler said.
The intruders forced their way into the home, fought with Taft and dragged Spain out of bed. The men taped the couple’s hands and feet together and covered their faces with coats.
The criminals then rummaged through drawers and beat Taft with a hammer to force him to tell them where money and marijuana were kept. They stole between $600 and $700 dollars and all of Spain’s jewelry.
Holmberg’s bond was revoked when he was convicted following the four-day, which included three days of testimony and two days of deliberations in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Although Holmberg is being held in the Huron County Jail, he might be sent to prison before his sentencing hearing because he violated his parole by committing his latest crimes on June 22, Leffler said.
Leffler had praise for the investigative work that led to the conviction. “There were little pieces of evidence that had to be put together, and Dane Howard did a nice job,” he said.
Howard, a detective sergeant for the sheriff’s office, was the main investigator in the case. “We’re definitely pleased by the outcome,” Howard said. “We’re just hoping for a long prison sentence.”
Leffler said he believed Holmberg was found not guilty on additional charges of two counts of felonious assault and one count of aggravated robbery because the jury was not very sympathetic towards Taft even though he was a victim in the case.
“The jury maybe cut him (Holmberg) a little more slack than he deserved,” Leffler said. “The victim was an alleged marijuana seller, so the jury wasn’t real sympatric.”