Roger Holland gets two consecutive life sentences

A 37-year-old Apple Valley man was was told this afternoon he would serve consecutive life sentences without parole after he was found guilty just 12 hours prior of two counts each of first- and second-degree murder in the death of his wife and her unborn child on March 7, 2013.

Roger Earl Holland was found guilty of the same four charges that he was indicted for in April stemming from the death of Margorie Ann Holland, 37, and her unborn child.

His trial lasted two weeks and the jury deliberated for approximately 10 hours, delivering a verdict at about 1 a.m. today.

“We are pleased to have brought Roger Holland to justice for this senseless and violent crime that took the lives of Margorie Holland and her unborn child,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said. “Our deep sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Marjorie Holland for their great loss.”

During the sentencing hearing, family members of Margorie Holland asked for consecutive life sentences for both of the deaths, and Roger Holland denied the killings in a statement read by his attorney, the Pioneer Press reported.

The first-degree murder with premeditation and intent to kill conviction will be appealed automatically to the state Supreme Court under Minnesota law, according to the Pioneer Press.