Weather Forecast


Holby sentenced to less than eight years: Second man in Jasmine Block case sent to prison

Joshua Holby

Sarah Block told Joshua Holby she doesn't blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter, Jasmine.

"What you did not only affected Jasmine, it affected your family, my family and friends, and even people we don't even know," Block said Tuesday afternoon in her impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Holby.

Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months (roughly seven years) in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.

He is the second man to be sentenced in connection with the 2017 kidnapping of Jasmine Block, who was just 15 years old when she was taken from her Alexandria home in August 2017 and held captive for 29 days.

'You should get life'

Sarah Block, who was the only person to read an impact statement at the hearing, sat beside her daughter, who was surrounded by other family members and friends. She told Holby he knew what he was doing and that it was wrong. She said he could have stopped it and turned himself and the others in and gotten the reward money.

Sarah Block said her daughter struggles daily and has been hospitalized three times from the trauma she endured while being held captive by the three men, who have since all pleaded guilty. In December, Barker was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Powers is set to be sentenced next week.

"You can't just take someone else's child and hurt them," Sarah Block told Holby. "Our lives will never be the same. We can't get back those 29 days. You get hot meals, medical care and a bed to sleep in. She had to sleep in a closet. You should get life in prison."

Sarah Block said she is thankful her daughter is a fighter, and then told Holby, "She is stronger and braver than you."

After the impact statement was read, Judge Churchwell sentenced Holby to the 86 months in prison, noted that he would get credit for the 490 days he has already spent in jail. The judge asked Holby, "Is there anything you would like to say?" to which he quickly replied, "No."

The third man involved, Powers, entered a guilty plea Nov. 28. An amended complaint was filed with the court that dropped Powers' criminal sexual conduct charge from count one to count two, a lesser charge.

Powers pleaded guilty to the amended charge and also to the charge of kidnapping. He is expected to be sentenced to 104 months (about eight and a half years) in prison.

His sentencing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

(320) 763-1242