Holcomb was convicted by a jury on May 9, 2012 of the first degree felony offense of Aggravated Kidnapping, which carries a range of punishment of five years to Life in prison. Because Holcomb has already been to prison twice, having been sentenced to 10 years in 1976 on a Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Rape conviction, and 35 years in 1984 on an Aggravated Sexual Assault conviction, the range of punishment on the underlying charge was enhanced to 25 years to Life in prison.
On June 27, 2011 Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies Steve Degner, Aaron Cross, Tim Boerema, and Jason Hodges responded to a 911 call that a man had broken into a home through a window. Upon arrival the deputies had to break down the door and force entry into the home where they found the victim being held at knife-point by her husband, paroled sex offender Tommy Holcomb. When the deputies attempted to diffuse the situation, Holcomb threatened to slice his wife’s throat and also ordered the officers to shoot him several times. Deputy Degner was able to taze Holcomb and rescue his wife. It was later discovered that Tommy Holcomb had absconded from his parole officer earlier that morning in an attempt to avoid being transported to a half-way house.
Judge Lisa Michalk handed down the 60 year sentence and granted the State’s motion to run the sentence consecutive to the remainder of the 35 year sentence he received in 1984. Because of that action, Tommy Holcomb will not be eligible for parole until 2049. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Kourtney Teaff and Kelly Blackburn.
“Judge Michalk sentenced this habitual offender appropriately,” stated District Attorney Brett Ligon. “Obtaining long sentences for violent repeat offenders continues to be one of the main goals of our office. We are all safer with violent criminals like Mr. Holcomb in prison.”