Scales of Justice

The second trial in four cases against a man in Sheridan County resulted in guilty verdicts on four counts.

Juel James Sitting Holy was convicted last week of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a stolen firearm, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of methamphetamine.

Earlier this year, Sitting Holy had four separate cases pending against him. Last week’s trial was the second he’s sat through in recent months. He was tried in August on charges of terroristic threats and the use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. That trial ended in a hung jury.

Sitting Holy will be sentenced Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Rushville on last week’s convictions. Sometime prior to his sentencing he will also face a hearing to determine if he is a habitual criminal, which carries enhanced penalties, said Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons.

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Two cases remain pending against him as well. In those he is charged with third degree and second degree assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia. Simmons said she does not expect those cases to go to trial at this time.

Sitting Holy was out on bond until mid-April, when Judge Travis O’Gorman revoked his bond. Having already been charged with terroristic threats, the firearms and drug charges, Simmons sought to have Sitting Holy’s bond revoked in March, a request that was denied. Within days of that denial, Sitting Holy was re-arrested after allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman, and his bond was revoked.

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