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Community notification meeting about kidnapper's release set for June 9

Joshua Lee Holby, 36, will be released from prison on June 14 to intensive supervised release.

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ALEXANDRIA — A community notification meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in relation to the release of a level three offender.

Joshua Lee Holby, 36, will be released from prison on June 14 to intensive supervised release. He will be residing within the 700 block of Nokomis Street, Alexandria.

The meeting is set to take place at Alexandria City Hall.

Holby was convicted of kidnapping in January 2019, a charge for which he was sentenced to be committed to the commissioner of corrections correctional facility in St. Cloud for 86 months, with 491 days credit for time served.

He was also sentenced to pay $1,988.36 in fees and must register as a predatory offender.

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The maximum possible sentence for his charge was 40 years imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine.

Other charges against Holby — kidnapping and false imprisonment — were dismissed at the time of his conviction.

The charges against Holby stem from his participation in the kidnapping of an Alexandria girl , Jasmine Block, who was 15 at the time. She was taken from her Alexandria home in August 2017 and held for several weeks. Two other men were also charged in the crime, Thomas Barker and Steven Powers.

According to the notification of release, Holby "gained access to the victim while aiding his co-defendants as an accessory to their sexual and physical assaults. He and his accomplices used violence, fear and mood-altering substances to maintain control."

The statement of probable cause in the case reads that the girl escaped from her captors in September 2017 after swimming across a lake and getting a ride from a passing driver.

Barker pleaded guilty to kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree with a dangerous weapon and criminal sexual conduct in the first degree causing fear of great bodily harm. All are felony-level charges.

In November 2018 Barker was sentenced to 98 months for kidnapping, 156 months for one criminal sexual conduct charge and 300 months for the other criminal sexual conduct charge.

All three sentences are being served concurrently, which means he is sentenced to a total of 300 months — 25 years. He is also required to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life, and after his release will be on lifetime probation.

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In addition, when he is to be released from prison, a petition can be filed to have Barker civilly committed, which means if the conditions are met, he would be sent back to prison for life.

Powers was convicted of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct — second degree — fear of great bodily harm.

For the kidnapping charge, Powers was sentenced to 68 months and for the sexual conduct charge he was sentenced to 104 months. The sentences are being served concurrently.

Powers was also sentenced to pay $200 in fees and must register as a predatory offender.

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