Bail increased for Ceres attack suspect

February 20, 2014 

A judge on Thursday increased the bail amount for a man accused of attacking a woman inside her Ceres home several hours after he had been released from jail. Aaron Modisett-Hollie, 18, of Stockton has been charged with burglary and assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense during a burglary. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge David Vanderwall entered a plea of not guilty on the defendant’s behalf during his arraignment hearing Thursday afternoon. Modisett-Hollie appeared in court, without an attorney, for the first time since his arrest Tuesday. His bail was initially set at $100,000 but the judge increased it to $550,000 – the typical bail amount for his charges and prior convictions. Deputy District Attorney Meghan Greerty was seeking a larger bail amount because the assault charge could result in a sentence of life in prison if the defendant is convicted. Vanderwall declined, telling the prosecutor she could ask for a bail review hearing in Modisett-Hollie’s next court appearance. The judge scheduled the defendant to return to court Monday for a pretrial hearing and appointed the Stanislaus County Public Defender’s Office to represent him. Modisett-Hollie was released early after serving a jail sentence for a conviction of assault with the intent to commit felony mayhem or rape. Ceres police said the defendant smashed a window to get inside the woman’s home shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, and she used broken glass to cut the man as she defended herself. He left the home but was captured in a field in the 2100 block of Moffet Road, police said. The defendant remained in custody Thursday evening.

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