Williamsburg Man Pleads Guilty to Choking, Abusing 13-Year-Old Boy

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The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse (staff photo)
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse (staff photo)

A plea deal was reached Friday in the case against a 40-year-old Williamsburg man accused of pinning a boy against the wall by the throat.

As long as Henry Holland Jr. does not engage in any physical violence, a misdemeanor charge against him will be dropped in one year.

Holland pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor that was reduced from a felony child abuse charge Friday in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

As part of the agreement, the prosecution agreed to drop a felony strangulation charge and a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green said the victim in the case, a 13-year-old boy, was disrespecting his father and being physically violent with him at a home in Williamsburg’s Strawberry Plains neighborhood on Oct. 26. Holland stepped in, taking the boy by the throat and pinning him up against the wall.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Cathy Black said in March Holland threw the boy onto the kitchen floor and held him there until someone removed his grip on the boy.

The prosecution and defense were originally scheduled to enter into a plea agreement last month, but Retired Substitute Judge Sharon Will rejected the deal after hearing the facts of the case. 

Judge George Fairbanks IV agreed Friday to put off sentencing for a year, and as long as Holland does not engage in any physical acts of violence and does not physically discipline the boy for a year, his misdemeanor charge will be dismissed.

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