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Man accused of stomping mother on his way to trial in superior court

POSTED: January 6, 2009 12:07 a.m.

James Douglas Holland

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A man accused of stomping his mother and leaving her on the floor of her home with a broken foot and ankle will face a superior court judge for his alleged crime.

When James Douglas Holland, 49, appeared Monday morning in Hall County Magistrate Court, Magistrate Judge Tracy Loggins bound his case over to Superior Court.

The decision pleased Holland’s sister, Eloise Holland, who said her brother has been violent toward their mother on more than one occasion.

"I’m glad, because he needs to stop doing her like this," Eloise Holland told The Times after the hearing.

Holland is accused of stomping his 68-year-old mother while wearing work boots, then leaving her lying with a broken foot and ankle on the floor of her Gainesville home for two days without food or water. Bertha Holland was found helpless in her East Drive home by two of her daughters on Dec. 16.

Holland was charged with beating his mother at least twice before. In August 2004, he faced battery charges for allegedly punching her in the stomach. In July 2005, he was charged with causing visible injury by hitting her in the face with a broomstick. The 2005 charge was dismissed after an unspecified witness failed to show up for court, according to court records.

Eloise Holland said there have been other times she suspected her brother had beaten their mother.

"She’d have black eyes and bruises — say she fell — bruises you don’t get from a fall," Eloise Holland said. "It only happens when he’s out of jail."

The last time Eloise Holland spoke to her brother was a few weeks ago at their mother’s house — where Douglas Holland was forbidden to go under the terms of his probation from a 2002 sentence — and he was asking for money, she said.

Douglas Holland was forbidden to enter his mother’s home as part of the terms of his probation from a 2002 aggravated battery case when he pleaded guilty to cutting his brother, Johnny, on the arm with a knife, causing a wound that required more than 25 stitches.

Douglas Holland was sentenced to 10 years of probation for the crime, but has since been in court eight times for alleged violations to the terms of that probation.

In April 2007, Douglas Holland cut his brother a second time at his mother’s East Drive home. He pleaded guilty and then was ordered to stay away from the home.

Eloise Holland said her brother continued to go to her mother’s home despite the order, and her mother would not call the police.

When his case goes before a superior court judge, Holland will have a chance to plead guilty or not to his most recent charges of elder abuse and family violence aggravated battery, but his court date has not yet been determined, according to a clerk in magistrate court.

Douglas Holland will stay in jail until his next hearing, and the remaining years of his probation have been revoked, Eloise Holland said.

Times reporter Stephen Gurr contributed to this report.


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