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August 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Sheriff’s deputy in prostitution case could face more prison time

A former King County sheriff’s deputy who was sentenced earlier this month to just over a year in prison for helping his wife work as a prostitute, stealing from the department and delivering drugs, could face more time behind bars.

Darrion Keith Holiwell, 49, is being investigated for lying in court. When Holiwell was sentenced to 366 days in prison on Aug. 4, his lawyer told Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller that he had lost everything. Heller waived Holiwell from paying court costs and reduced the promoting prostitution fine from the mandatory $3,000 to $1,000 because Holiwell was found to be indigent.

Since Holiwell’s sentencing, investigators have learned that three weeks before he was sentenced he cashed in his retirement for more than $180,000, according to a court document filed Monday by the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors are now asking a judge to “vacate the judgment and resentence the defendant due to fraud and misrepresentation,” according to the document.

While Heller followed the sentencing recommendation agreed upon by the prosecution and the defense, which was not at the top of the range, the judge said he factored in Holiwell’s losses before making the sentencing decision. If brought back to court, Holiwell could face the top-of-the-range sentence of 20 months in prison.

Heller, in court earlier this month, told Holiwell he is a  “disgrace to your profession by engaging in these actions.”

Holiwell, during his sentencing, said he has “embarrassed myself, my family and this department.”

“Upon completion of my sentence I intend to rejoin the community as a law-abiding citizen. I hope to repair and rebuild the relationships with my family, friends and community that I damaged by my actions,” he said.

“He’s at Ground Zero,” Holiwell’s attorney, Kristine Costello, said during the sentencing hearing. She said he took full responsibility for his crimes because he wanted to “man up.”

The Sheriff’s Office began investigating Holiwell in April, after his estranged wife went to his previous wife to find out if the other woman had endured domestic violence while with Holiwell, authorities said. The former wife mentioned the conversation to a friend who is a sheriff’s employee, and the employee notified supervisors.

Although the current wife and the former wife didn’t intend for an investigation, both later provided statements concerning assaults and violent behavior by Holiwell, according to the court charging documents.

Holiwell’s current wife told investigators that Holiwell, knowing her background as an exotic dancer, suggested she work a second job as an escort to help with the family’s financial problems, which worsened when he needed surgery and couldn’t earn overtime related to his SWAT duties or through Praetor Defense, his firearms-training business, authorities said.

Even though Holiwell’s estranged wife moved to her own condominium when their 14-year marriage faltered last year, he helped her work as an escort by providing advice and assisting with security measures, she told investigators. Holiwell would collect about 80 percent of her earnings — including some of the nearly $2,000 she made on weekends — to help him pay household expenses and for expenses related to their two young sons, she said.

The former couple are involved in a bitter divorce. The couple’s two sons are living with Holiwell’s former mother-in-law.

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