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Holiwell pleads guilty to charges
Former King County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Darrion Keith Holiwell, pleaded guilty Monday to three felonies in King County Superior Court.
Holiwell, 49, will serve one year and a day in prison for the three crimes and one year of community custody once he is released. He was ordered to pay $1,600 plus restitution and have no contact for five years with his wife and 20 witnesses listed by the court.
Holiwell was found guilty of promoting prostitution in the second degree, first-degree theft and selling steroids, a controlled substance.
He was arrested June 19 and has been incarcerated in the King County jail in Seattle since then on $150,000 bail.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office charging documents stated Holiwell “did knowingly advance and profit from the prostitution” of his wife. Holiwell told his wife, a former exotic dancer, to start an escort business, which was a front for prostitution. He told her the money would help pay the family bills.
Holiwell was a firearms instructor at the Ravensdale firing range and a member of SWAT, the King County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team. He began working as a deputy in 1995.
The theft charge involved stealing brass casings and turning them in for credit to three local vendors and using the money as a personal slush fund. He also stole live ammunition.
At the hearing Monday before Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller, Holiwell read an apology for his crimes and the embarrassment he has brought to the Sheriff’s Office and his family.
The judge called him a “disgrace.”
Holiwell was described in charging documents as a “highly skilled marksman” and a “proficient competitive shooter on a national level.” Witnesses told the investigators Holiwell owned high-quality personal firearms, a mix of military-style rifles and handguns.
The court order stated he cannot own or posses any firearms. According to the investigator’s report, his residence was searched upon his arrest and no firearms were found. The gun safe was also found to be empty. Arrangements are being made for the firearms to be turned in.
The case broke when his wife found out he was having an, “intimate dating relationship with her twenty something year old friend.”
His current wife contacted Holiwell’s second wife and described the domestic violence she experienced. The former wife “was so overwhelmed” by what she heard she contacted a friend who works for the King County Sheriff’s Office.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart said during a June 19 press conference that two other deputies with alleged connections to the case have been placed on paid administrative leave and are being investigated. The sheriff said one of the deputies was assigned to the Ravensdale range. The second is a major crimes detective who is being investigated for rendering criminal assistance and obstruction. The sheriff said the allegation against the detective is, “She learned we were going to be investigating and we believe tipped Darrion off.”
The charging document stated Holiwell sent a text message, indicating he was tipped, before his home was searched.
“Sh… storm is coming. Tell you tonight. (Current wife) reached out to (former wife) stiring (sic) sh… up…. Storm is coming but I got something for there as….”
Holiwell was placed on administrative leave since the investigation into his activities began in late April. Urquhart fired Holiwell July 15.
Urquhart said June 19 that he is concerned the Holiwell case may have exposed a case of corruption inside the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff said Holiwell may have been selling steroids “inside the sheriff’s office….”
Urquhart said some SWAT team members may have been involved in purchasing and using steroids.
The sheriff he intends to “root out this kind of behavior inside the sheriff’s office.”