ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Holmberg gets 13 years in prison

New London resident Jeremy Holmberg, 27, was sentenced this morning to 13 years in prison for masterminding a violent home invasion in March. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the two victims "were held (captive) for a long time" after being duct-taped by three masked suspects and the male victim was beaten severely. Holmberg, who walked away from a "halfway program" before the crime, had told people he "wanted to do some big crimes ... before settling on this hair-brained scheme," Leffler said.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

New London resident Jeremy Holmberg, 27, was sentenced this morning to 13 years in prison for masterminding a violent home invasion in March.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the two victims "were held (captive) for a long time" after being duct-taped by three masked suspects and the male victim was beaten severely. Holmberg, who walked away from a "halfway program" before the crime, had told people he "wanted to do some big crimes ... before settling on this hair-brained scheme," Leffler said.

Victim April Spain said she thought Holmberg should have gotten a longer prison term.

Tami Taft, the mother of Spain's fiance, Brandon, said the state "didn't prove he (Holmberg) swung the hammer, but he stood by when it happened."

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