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Second man sentenced for central Minnesota kidnapping

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The victim’s mother told Joshua Holby she doesn’t blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter.

Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.

He is the second man to be sentenced in connection with the kidnapping of a 15-year-old Alexandria girl in August 2017. The girl was held captive for 29 days.

The girl’s mother said her daughter has been hospitalized three times from the trauma she endured while being held captive by three men, who have since all pleaded guilty. In December, Thomas Barker was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Steven Powers is set to be sentenced Jan. 16.

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