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July 25, 2008

Son ordered to be freed in Road Dog case

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.

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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