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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

San Diego Man Sentenced to 85 Years in Prison for 10 Armed Robberies

Assistant U. S. Attorneys Matthew Brehm (619) 546-8983 and Shital Thakkar (619) 546-8785

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – June 8, 2020

SAN DIEGO – Juan Marquis Holiday of San Diego was sentenced in federal court today to 85 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty of robbing and attempting to rob 10 local businesses by brandishing a firearm during the robberies and, on five occasions, discharging a firearm.

During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia noted that Holiday’s crimes were “violent and aggressive” and “caused fear in the hearts of victims.” He added: “The community should not and will not tolerate this type of physical violence and misbehavior.”

During trial, more than 12 victims testified that they were threatened with a firearm during the robberies, which occurred in January and April of 2017. Some of those victims also described having shots fired past their heads, being pistol whipped, kicked and beaten.

“This defendant committed 10 armed robberies in less than five months,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “The many victims of these robberies will forever live with the emotional scars of being threatened with a firearm. We are gratified that today’s sentence recognizes the pain and suffering this defendant inflicted on our community.” Brewer thanked prosecutor Matt Brehm as well as our law enforcement partners for their hard work on this case.

“The violence, intimidation, and fear imposed by Mr. Holiday was stopped when he was arrested by our law enforcement team, but today the victims of this terrifying crime spree can begin to heal knowing that justice has been delivered,” said Omer Meisel, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the San Diego Field Office.  “The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure violent crime is stopped and follow through until justice is reached.”

Holiday’s co-defendant, Don Wayne Jones III, pleaded guilty in 2018 and was sentenced to 30 years and one day in custody. 

This case is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking (VCHT) Section.  Formed in 2019 by U.S. Attorney Brewer, the VCHT is tasked with leading collaborations between federal and local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violent crimes, firearms and gang cases; sex trafficking and child exploitation; civil rights, labor trafficking and alien smuggling. The VCHT Section oversees the Southern District of California Coordinators for Project Safe Neighborhoods, Human Trafficking, and Project Safe Childhood.

DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 17cr1370-AJB                                              

Juan Marquis Holiday                                    Age: 27                                   San Diego, CA

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1951(a)

Maximum penalty: Twenty years in prison and $250,000 fine

Attempted Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1951(a)

Maximum penalty: Twenty years in prison and $250,000 fine

Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence –

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 924(c)

Maximum penalty: Life in prison; a mandatory minimum seven years in prison; and $250,000 fine

Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence –

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 924(c)

Maximum penalty: Life in prison; a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison; and $250,000 fine

AGENCIES

Federal Bureau of Investigation

San Diego Police Department

San Diego Sheriff’s Department

La Mesa Police Department

VICTIM BUSINESSES

 

Robbery No.

Date

Victim

Address

1

1/5/2017

Arco Gas Station

3724 Del Sol Blvd, San Diego, CA

2

1/11/2017

Parry Liquor

4707 Federal Blvd., San Diego, CA

3

1/11/2017

Par Liquor

5055 Federal Blvd., San Diego, CA

4

1/11/2017

Greene Cat Liquor

5102 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA

5

4/6/2017

Market at the Ranch

10299 Scripps Trail, San Diego, CA

6

4/19/2017

7-Eleven

9365 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley, CA

7

4/20/2017

Eastridge Liquor

7705 University Ave. La Mesa, CA

8

4/20/2017

Apollo Market

2327 Reo Drive, San Diego, CA

9

4/20/2017

G&M Market

8903 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley, CA

10

4/22/2017

Victoria’s Mexican Grill

1912 Coronado Ave., San Diego, CA

 

 

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
CAS20-0609-Holiday
Updated June 9, 2020