Son ordered to be freed in Road Dog case

Motorcycle shop co-owner could remain jailed while prosecutors ponder appeal

July 25, 2008 

  • HIGH-PROFILE PERJURY CASES



    A handful of prominent athletes and business people have been caught up in federal perjury cases. Their outcomes:

    January 2008: Olympic track star Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal prosecutors investigating the use of performance- enhancing substances.
    November 2007: Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, was indicted on suspicion of perjury and obstruction of justice for telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. His trial is set for March.
    December 2006: Former elite cyclist Tammy Thomas was indicted on three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice as part of a federal steroids investigation. In April, she was found guilty; she'll be sentenced Friday.
    March 2004: Martha Stewart was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction and lying to federal investigators about her sale of ImClone Systems Inc. stock in December 2001. She was sentenced to five months in prison and fined $30,000.
    June 2003: ImClone founder and former chief executive Samuel Waksal was convicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and bank and securities fraud. He was sentenced to 87 months in prison and fined $3 million.

Brent F. Holloway, co-owner of Road Dog Cycle in Denair, has been ordered to be released on a $500,000 property bond, officials reported Thursday.

Holloway could be held several more days while federal prosecutors decide whether to appeal the decision.

He has been in custody in Fresno for more than a week in connection with federal racketeering allegations related to the motorcycle shop he owns with his father, Robert C. Holloway III.

Robert Holloway, 60, of Turlock was denied a request for release earlier this week in a different Fresno courtroom.

Authorities contend that the father and son ran a racketeering enterprise at the motorcycle shop. A grand jury indicted the Holloways and 11 others earlier this month on charges related to suspected illegal operations at the shop going back to 1997.

Supporters say the Holloways have contributed much to their communities and were simply too flexible about allowing certain customers who didn't have their finances in order to leave with the shop's motorcycles.

Magistrate Judge Dennis Beck in U.S. District Court said Brent Holloway, 35, of Modesto should be released as long as he avoids contact with other defendants in the case. Beck ordered Holloway to be on home detention with electronic monitoring and other conditions, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark E. Cul-lers. Holloway is not allowed to leave Stanislaus County.

Cullers said Thursday that his office is considering requesting a stay of the release order and an appeal to a district judge.

Five defendants in the case have been held in custody pending further hearings and seven have been ordered to be released. One, who lives in Sweden, still is wanted by law enforcement.

The Road Dog defendants are scheduled to appear next in court Aug. 11, though Brent Holloway could appear sooner if the U.S. attorney's office pursues an appeal.

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.

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