Hollister Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

ATCHISON, Kan. (WIBW) - Roger Hollister was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. Hollister was found guilty of capital murder in the death of Patricia Kimmi back in February.

Kimmi's family addressed Roger Hollister Monday and they weren't sure they had his attention. Hollister took out his hearing aids, and didn't wear his usual glasses at the sentencing. Daughter Rita Boller spoke loudly, urging him to ask God for forgiveness.

"You face us in court today but one day you'll face God. You'll face God," Boller yelled. "I hope every minute of every day you think about how you're the only one paying the price for our mom's life, while Eugene walks around free, laughing at you for taking the fall, while he drinks another beer."

Kimmi's family says Hollister isn't the only one guilty. Authorities say the murder was a contract with Pat's ex-husband Eugene, who has not been charged in her death.

Hollister's wife, Rebecca, wept as the sentence was read.

"It's not easy sitting there listening to the family, some of the things they may have right, a lot of things we still believe they have wrong," defense attorney James Heathman said.

Heathman says Hollister will file an appeal.

Atchison County authorities say Hollister will plead no contest to an amended charge of aggravated battery in Brown County. He was initially charged with attempted murder for a car-semi crash last year that left his wife with serious injuries.

Patricia Kimmi's family says their faith helped them believe justice would be served for their mother. That faith came to a head in February, when an Atchison County jury found Roger Hollister guilty of capital murder in Kimmi's death.

The verdict followed a week of testimony in the case.

Kimmi disappeared from her home in rural Horton in November 2009. Portions of her remains weren't found until the following May.

Hollister's attorneys tried to cast doubt, saying Hollister was merely a pawn of Kimmi's ex-husband Eugene. Eugene Kimmi has not been charged in the case.

Family and friends of Kimmi said the moment was surreal. A chapter closed in the on-going investigation into her murder and although the verdict brought Kimmi's family a bit of relief, the pain of her death remains.

"I still miss my mom. She was always there for everything, everyday. There won't ever be a day that she's not missed,” said Kimmi’s daughter, Rita Boller.

Prosecuting attorney, Jerry Kuckelman, said there are more suspects to be investigated in Patricia's death and he did not deny that Eugene Kimmi was one of them.


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