A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday for breaking into a Walterboro home while a family slept and stealing thousands of dollars of electronics, prosecutors said.
At the conclusion of a day-long trial, jurors convicted Halden Hollman of one count of first-degree burglary, according to Daniel Brownstein, spokesman for 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone.
On the night of Aug. 30, Hollman broke into a home on Woodland Terrace while a couple and their grown children slept. He stole a television, computer, music device and a small amount of cash, Brownstein said.
Based on evidence recovered from his home, Hollman is suspected of carrying out numerous other burglaries and car break-ins throughout the area, Brownstein said.
“When the police searched his home, they found a Circuit City, but with much cheaper prices,” said Assistant Solicitor Steve Knight. “He had every electronic device you can imagine and would sell the items he stole.”
The Walterboro Police Department was able to return some of the stolen items and several additional cases against Hollman are still pending, Brownstein said.
“In this case, the reality of what Hollman did is very scary,” Knight said. “There were people sleeping in that house.”
Circuit Judge Perry M. Buckner handed down the sentence.
By law, Hollman must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.