Stepfather pleads guilty in special needs teen's 2016 murder - FOX34 Lubbock

Stepfather pleads guilty in special needs teen's 2016 murder

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

James Holland will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility for parole, for Holli Jeffcoat's death. 

Holland's plea includes Jeffcoat's brutal death and that of her unborn child. Investigators found the victim's body at a home near Idalou, her throat and stomach slashed and partially burned.

Holland had previously been indicted for abuse of an unnamed minor from Jan. 2010 through Nov. 2014. A Grand Jury also indicted him for continual sexual abuse of a minor for another family member. In a statement, the District Attorney reports:

"We are pleased that this Defendant accepted responsibility and pled guilty to the Capital Life Without Parole sentence. Justice in this case not only includes ensuring that this Defendant dies in prison, but hope that the living victim gains new life with this outcome."

Court documents indicate the victim's mother, Debi Holland, knew about the abuse, but didn't stop it. Prosecutors say both Hollands were retaliating against Jeffcoat by killing her.

The mother is awaiting trial on her capital murder charge for Jeffcoat's death and is held on $3.5 million bond.

Related stories: Capital murder indictments for James, Debi Holland

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