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Victims’ family objects to Holland’s request

Kelly K. Holland, 29, was sentenced two months ago to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of his wife, Summer, her two young children and her mother, but the prison sentence has done little to nothing to ease the grief and physical pain of some of the loved ones left behind.
Now, what might be considered a small request by Holland to others has raised the wrath of some family members. Holland has asked that items confiscated by police from his car during the investigation be turned over to his mother, Pat Holland.
Among those items: Kelly and Summer’s marriage certificate.
Two sisters of Summer’s mother, Donna Daley, have been hospitalized at times since the sentencing, one with severe depression and the other for hyperthyroidism.
One sister, Debra Sinnett, collapsed in the parking lot of the Harrison County Justice Center after the sentencing and was hospitalized. “She is just very ill,” said her sister, Vickie Sinnett, who is on medication for depression. “Ever since the date he was sentenced, she (Debra) has run a temperature.
“It’s been an absolute terror for all of us,” Vickie added.
“We don’t like the idea of somebody having that marriage certificate,” she said. “It just seems ludicrous to us. Why on earth should Pat Holland have the marriage certificate? What is his mother going to do with that marriage certificate?”
Holland has requested other items as well: a black and red duffel bag containing his personal papers; a black notebook from the duffel bag containing a physical fitness training manual; a purple notebook containing various loose papers (including the marriage certificate and various bills); two books from the Floyd County Library, “To Kill and Kill Again” by John Coston (Vickie said this an account of serial murderer Nathan Nance in Montana, published in 1992) and “Circles on the Water” by Marge Piercy. He has also requested military medals, a picture of Kelly and his parents, a military certificate and a Bose stereo.
“We would like very much to review some of the items he’s asking for,” Vickie said, adding that the family thinks notes from Summer to Kelly may be included in the personal items.
Attorney Lorinda Youngcourt of Huron, Holland’s co-counsel along with Leah Fink of Corydon, said the return of confiscated items is routine and the items legally cannot be retained. The surviving family has no recourse.
“They have no grounds to object,” Youngcourt said.
Harrison County Prosecutor Ronald W. Simpson said yesterday he will object on behalf of family members who have informed him of their opinions on the matter.
A hearing will likely be scheduled by Superior Judge Roger D. Davis, the prosecutor said.
Holland, who pleaded guilty to his crimes, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison plus 180 years for the March 2000 murder of his wife, Summer, 22; her mother, Donna Daley, 49, and Summer’s two children from a previous relationship, Marissa Meyer, 3, and Dillian Daley, 4.
The sentence includes 50 years for arson because Kelly set the house afire after he shot Summer and Donna. The two children perished in their bedroom from smoke inhalation. The house south of Corydon was left standing because the fire went out from a lack of oxygen.
Kelly Holland and Summer Daley were married in December 1999, about three months before she was murdered.