Friday, March 12, 1999

Feds look to
revoke Holt’s bail
for drug use

A petition says the ex-state
senator admitted to using
crystal methamphetamine

Trustee Jervis overdoses

Testimony ends in Lindsey case

By Rod Ohira


Federal officials are seeking to revoke Milton Holt's bail for using illegal drugs in violation of his pretrial release conditions.

A petition filed yesterday in U.S. District Court by Pretrial Services officer Anthony Barry says that Holt tested positive on Jan. 4 for amphetamine/methamphetamine.

Barry also reported Holt admitted last Friday that he used crystal methamphetamine on March 2.

Holt was unavailable for comment, but his attorney, Reginald Minn, said the former state senator and Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate employee has a problem.

"We acknowledge there's a problem that needs to be addressed, and he's receiving (outpatient) treatment for it," Minn said.

U.S. Magistrate Barry Kurren has scheduled Holt's bail revocation hearing for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Holt, 46, was indicted in October on federal theft charges alleging that he stole campaign funds from his unsuccessful 1996 re-election effort.

He posted a $25,000 signature bond to ensure his court appearances and agreed to four conditions set by Kurren for pretrial supervised release.

The Pretrial Services petition says Holt violated the judge's order to "refrain from the excessive use of alcohol and submit to random drug and alcohol testing."

U.S. Attorney Steven Alm and Michael Seabright, who is prosecuting the theft case against Holt,declined comment about the Pretrial Services petition.

Kurren could order that Holt be locked up or sent to a halfway house for treatment, or could consider other options recommended by Pretrial Services.

Holt's trial, which was scheduled to begin last Dec. 15, was continued to May 11 to accommodate Minn's heavy court schedule.

Holt is accused of writing four campaign checks totaling $14,695 between 1993 and 1996 to a printing company, Ryan's Graphics Inc., and its president, Neal Kunimura.

The company and Kunimura returned $9,940 to Holt, who allegedly pocketed the money.

If convicted, Holt could be sentenced to a maximum five years in prison for each of the two criminal counts.

Trustee Jervis overdoses

Testimony ends in Lindsey case

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