Cycle shop owner's son to be released on bond

August 1, 2008 

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, 35, of Modesto has been in custody in Fresno since July 15 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 remains in custody, along with four others connected to the shop.

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

The earliest Brent Holloway will be out of jail is this afternoon, prosecutor Laurel Montoya said.

U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger said Holloway will be on house arrest and monitored electronically, Montoya said.

Last week, Magistrate Judge Dennis Beck in U.S. District Court said Holloway should be released as long as he avoids contact with other defendants in the case. He said Holloway cannot leave Stanislaus County.

Prosecutors appealed the release, but Wanger upheld Beck's decision.

"It's the same conditions," Montoya said. "Judge Wanger just made them a little bit more onerous."

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

Seven defendants connected to the case have been released. One, who lives in Sweden, is wanted by law enforcement.

The Road Dog defendants are scheduled to appear in court next Aug. 11.

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

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