The boy left his seat in the back row of the courtroom and walked toward the bench, just a few feet ahead of the man who hurt him. He has been having a rough time since the abuse, he told the judge, and he’s glad that it’s over. He’s ready, he said, to live a peaceful life.
His abuser, serial child predator Cedric Lain Holland will spend the remainder of his days in prison for kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from a south Sacramento street in 2013 and for repeatedly molesting the boy and another child.
Holland was sentenced Friday in Sacramento Superior Court to 495 years to life on 12 molestation counts and the kidnapping charges.
“He violates these children in a number of different locations, on a number of different occasions,” said Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick at the Friday sentencing. “There’s no other way to couch it. The defendant has a sexual desire for children that he is disinclined to controlling.”
Holland, wearing brown jail clothes, appeared disinterested, at times absently stroking his goatee. When McCormick asked if he wanted to proceed with sentencing or wait for a probationary report, Holland said simply, “Let’s go.”
Holland was 25 and wearing a tracking device after a 2006 sentence for a child sex crime when he stalked and snatched the girl from her mother near 54th Street and 47th Avenue on May 11, 2013, then forced her into the trunk of his car. The girl eventually escaped and tumbled to the street where she called out to neighbors, “He stole me. He stole me.”
Holland was still in his teens in 2006 when he pleaded no contest to committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14. He was sentenced to six years in California Youth Authority custody, according to court records. He failed to register as a sex offender in December 2011 following his release, court records show, earning him another 16 months in state custody.
Holland was on parole in the 2006 crime when the first of the acts he was sentenced for Friday was committed. There were others over a nearly two-year span stretching from October 2011 to the time of his May 2013 arrest in the south Sacramento kidnapping, court records show.
Nearly two years to the day of the broad-daylight abduction, an incredulous McCormick branded Holland a habitual sexual offender and handed down the life term, as Holland’s victims, their families and Holland looked on.
“He is wearing an ankle monitor that is a constant reminder that he is a sexual predator” as he pursued the girl walking with her mother, McCormick said, then spoke directly to Holland.
“You followed her and for hours ... you’re doing this while wearing a monitor,” McCormick said, stressing the last four words for emphasis. “You grabbed a 7-year-old child from her mother and threw her in the trunk of a car. It’s everybody’s worst fear.”
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