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September 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Ex-deputy in prostitution case sentenced to longer prison term

A former King County sheriff’s deputy who was sentenced last month to 366 days in prison for helping his wife work as a prostitute has been re-sentenced to a longer term after he was caught lying to the court.

Darrion Keith Holiwell was sentenced Monday to 17 months in prison and ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution to the county. Holiwell was also ordered to cover all court fines, fees and expenses, including the cost of his public defender and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for promoting prostitution.

At his first sentencing in August, Holiwell had said that he was without means, had lost everything and was contrite. The court found him indigent and waived all non-mandatory court fees. King County prosecutors, however, later learned that he cashed in his retirement for more than $180,000.

Prosecutors filed a motion to vacate the judgment based on fraud and misrepresentation, which was granted.

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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