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Woman Guilty in Cheerleading Case Free During Appeal

<i> Associated Press</i>

A woman sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to further her daughter’s cheerleading career is free on $75,000 bond pending an appeal of her conviction.

Wanda Holloway, 37, was freed Thursday after spending the night in the Harris County Jail. Earlier Thursday, State District Judge George Godwin granted bond for Holloway, who was sentenced Wednesday.

Defense lawyers sought the bond for Holloway, which allows her to be free during the appeal. Convicted felons sentenced to 15 or fewer years are allowed such bonds.

In addition to the prison sentence, Holloway was fined $10,000 for trying to arrange the murder of the mother of her daughter’s cheerleading rival.

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A jury decided that Holloway wanted to hire someone to kill Verna Heath because she believed Heath’s daughter, Amber, would be so distraught she would withdraw from cheerleading competition.


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