GALLIPOLIS — Judicial release was recently granted to a Gallipolis woman sentenced in 2010 to serve four years in a state prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Holly A. Haner, 29, Gallipolis, was released from prison last week following a hearing in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.
The defendant, who has served a total of 796 days in prison, was released in connection with a plea agreement filed in this case in 2010.
The indictment in this case, filed on May 10, 2010, alleges that Haner, who was age 26 at the time of the misconduct and over 10 years older than the victim, had unlawful sexual contact with the 14-year-old victim from August 1, 2009-March 31, 2010. Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a third degree felony in this case.
Haner pleaded not guilty to this charge on May 24, 2010, and, after a negotiated plea was filed in October of that year, the defendant entered a guilty plea in this case on November 24, 2010.
The plea agreement entered into between the State of Ohio and the defendant recommends that the defendant be sentenced to four years in prison with an option for judicial release after two years have been served.
During sentencing on November 29, 2010, Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans handed down a four year sentence.
The defendant was further ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and was given four days credit for time served.
On January 8, 2013, a motion for judicial release was filed by William Eachus, attorney for the defendant, notifying the court of the defendant’s eligibility for judicial release.
A response to the defendant’s motion for judicial release was filed and signed by Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins on January 16.
The response recommending the defendant’s release reads, “Through plea negotiations the State of Ohio agreed to recommend Defendant’s motion for judicial release after the Defendant has served two (2) years incarceration. The Defendant has served approximately 2 years and 1-1/2 months of her sentence.”
During a hearing on February 6, 2013, the defendant’s motion for judicial release was granted by the court and the previously imposed sentence was suspended in this case.
Haner was further sentenced to 24 months of community control.
In addition, in accordance with the plea agreement in this case, the defendant was classified as a Tier II Sexually Oriented Offender.
According to the sentencing entry filed in this case, the defendant’s duties concerning classification as a sex offender will extend for a period of 25 years with in-person verification every 180 days, and the defendant will have “a duty to register her residence, place of employment, school attending and place of higher education, provide change of address, to periodically verify address, and to notify the Sheriff of any changes in her address.”
Haner was further ordered to have no contact with the person or property of the victim in this case.