Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cheerleading Case Ends with No-Contest Plea

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cheerleading Case Ends with No-Contest Plea

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The woman facing a retrial on charges that she tried to hire someone to kill the mother of her daughter's cheerleading rival pleaded no contest Monday and received a 10-year prison term.

The woman, Wanda Webb Holloway, could be out of prison in six months and serve the rest of her sentence on probation, said her attorney, Jack Zimmerman. But prosecutors say they will fight any attempt to free Holloway that early.

"We will damn sure oppose it," said Mike Anderson, an assistant Harris County district attorney. Holloway, whose case was widely publicized and inspired two TV movies, was convicted in September 1991 of solicitation of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But a new trial was ordered when it was learned shortly after her conviction that one of her jurors was on probation and should have been disqualified. The new trial had been scheduled for Oct. 7. Holloway, 42, pleaded no contest before State District Judge George Godwin to a murder solicitation charge. …

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