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Judge dismisses Holtmeyer appeal
Saturday, April 16, 2011
A judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted killer would not be granted Post Conviction Relief. Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman granted a motion filed by the commonwealth to dismiss an appeal for a Post Conviction Relief Act for 29-year-old Jessica Holtmeyer.
Holtmeyer was convicted in 1998 for the murder of Kimberly Dotts.
Both were teens at the time. Holtmeyer reportedly hanged Dotts from a tree and then bludgeoned the girl with a rock.
In July, Holtmeyer filed a petition for a PCRA. Ammerman ruled that the petition was untimely and it was too late to raise the issue.
According to Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., Holtmeyer cited a Florida Supreme Court case that argued that it is illegal to sentence a juvenile to life in prison in a non-first degree murder case.
Shaw argued that because Holtmeyer's case was one of murder in the first degree, it was legal for her to be sentenced to life in prison. She is currently serving her life sentence at Muncy State Correctional Facility.

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