Holcomb pleads guilty to 2017 death of Easton Cain

In an unwavering voice, Jay Holcomb, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to vehicular homicide in the January 2017 death of Easton Cain. Before a courtroom mostly full of family and community members, Holcomb additionally pleaded guilty to DUI-drugs, reckless driving, and driving with an expired license.  He also pleaded guilty to of possession of methamphetamine from a September 2016 incident in Cleveland. 

Holcomb was sentenced to 20 years, 14 to serve. The maximum amount of time to serve for vehicular homicide is 15 years. 

The plea came two years after a vehicle Holcomb was driving fatally struck the 3-year-old boy in an Ingles parking lot in Cleveland. A trial was originally scheduled to start next month in Union County, before being continued.

Richard T. Ryczek Jr. and L. Allyn Stockton Jr. are representing Holcomb, with assistance from Ralph Hensley. District Attorney Jeff Langley and assistant district attorney Blair Mahaffey led the prosecution. Senior Superior Court Judge Richard Winegarden presided over the plea.

More coverage will be in next week's White County News.

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