Father David A. Holley showed no emotion as Judge Robert M. Doughty II handed down the sentences that would require Father Holley to serve a minimum of 55 years. Based on the minimum sentence, he could be eligible for parole after 18 1/2 years.
He was immediately taken into custody by the Otero County Sheriff’s Department and will be held until he can be transferred to a state prison.
Father Holley, 65, pleaded guilty March 23 to eight molestation counts, including charges of sexual assault, sodomy and aggravated sodomy, primarily involving oral and anal sex.
“These offenses are serious …The position from which you committed these offenses shocked the court,” Doughty said in sentencing Father Holley.