No death penalty in Pierce County double killing

  • Tue Nov 20th, 2012 8:42pm
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Associated Press

TACOMA — Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said he will not seek the death penalty for a Spanaway man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife and daughter.

Lindquist said Tuesday his office will recommend that 40-year-old Dean Holmes be sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Holmes pleaded guilty last week to two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, Kristi Holmes, and their 11-year-old daughter, Violet. He told authorities that financial and marital issues led him to do it.

Lindquist said he weighed Holmes’ remorse, quick pleas, lack of felony criminal history and the likelihood of the death penalty being upheld in making his decision not to seek capital punishment.

Holmes is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 7.