FRESNO -- Road Dog defendant Bob Holloway has been released from the Fresno County Jail and transferred to a halfway house, according to court documents.
Holloway had been in jail awaiting trial since his July arrest. On Tuesday, he was transferred to Turning Point Comprehensive Sanction Center in Fresno.
Holloway, 61, was arrested after an FBI investigation into suspected criminal activities at Holloway's Road Dog motorcycle shop in Denair. Prosecutors say Holloway and his son Brent ran a chop shop, trafficked in motorcycle parts and used violence to collect debts.
Defense attorneys won court permission to transfer Holloway to the halfway house last month. Attorneys argued that Holloway was suffering in jail. They told U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger that Holloway was deteriorating mentally and physically in custody, and that his decline was affecting his ability to help attorneys with his defense.
Prosecutors argued last month that letting Holloway leave jail was a dangerous move. They said Holloway had a history of violent behavior and that his supporters had threatened witnesses.
As a condition of his release, Holloway is allowed to leave Turning Point only for court appearances. He is not allowed to have any contact with co-defendants, witnesses or victims linked to his case. He is not allowed access to a cell phone and not allowed to drink alcohol or use drugs.
Holloway posted a $500,000 bond to secure his release. The bond is backed by property Holloway and his wife own, including their Turlock home, according to court documents.
Holloway is next due in court June 18, when the author of an anonymous blog is expected to testify. The blog accuses federal agents of lying to get a wiretap of Holloway's phones.
In most cases, wiretaps must be approved by a judge. Investigators must prove that they have exhausted all other means of investigation before they can tap someone's phones.
Defense attorneys say the allegations on the blog, www.cleanupatf.org, raise concern about the government's case.
Prosecutors say the blog's author is a disgruntled former federal agent. They say the government shouldn't be forced to respond to anonymous allegations on the Internet.
Holloway was once a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy. He retired from the Sheriff's Department in 1985.
Brent Holloway was released from custody in August.
Bee staff writer Leslie Albrecht can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2378.