Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist on Tuesday announced that his office will recommend two life sentences without the possibility of parole for Dean Holmes, 40, who admitted that he killed his wife and daughter in August of this year.
Holmes pled guilty as charged to two counts of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree last week. The only possible sentences for Aggravated Murder are life without the possibility of parole and the death penalty.
The prosecutors office says at around 6 a.m. on Aug. 28, Holmes shot his wife of 12 years, Christy Holmes, as she slept in bed in their Spanaway home. Violet Holmes, the couple’s 11-year-old daughter, was sleeping in the living room with a friend. Both girls slept through the gunfire, which was drowned out by a fan running nearby.
After killing his wife, Holmes woke the girls and drove the friend to her home in Auburn where he dropped her off. On the return trip with his daughter, Holmes pulled over to the side of the road and shot her as she lay sleeping in the back seat. The defendant turned himself in at the Pierce County Jail the morning of August 29 and said he had shot his wife and daughter.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Holmes will be spending the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.
“I made this decision after consultation with leaders in the office," Lindquist said. "We took into account the severity of his crimes, his remorse as demonstrated by his surrender to law enforcement and expeditious plea of guilty, his lack of felony criminal history, the likelihood of the death penalty being upheld, and other factors. We also talked with the family and they are supportive of this decision. Balancing all considerations, I believe justice is achieved by two life sentences without the possibility of parole.”
Homes is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 7.
Compiled by Susan Wyatt, KING 5 News.