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Notified Offender Could Be First Sent Back To Prison

Last November, the MPD's new Special Investigations Unit put 10 repeat violent offenders on notice: they can either turn their lives around, or face the prospect of going back behind bars.

Mr. Emon V. Hollins, age 22, one those notified, has chosen a path that could make him the first SIU participant to end up incarcerated again.

"Mr. Hollins was provided with numerous resources, all of which could have helped him become a productive member of this community," said SIU leader Lt. Tom Woodmansee. He added, "Instead of embracing the community's help, Mr. Hollins decided to continue a life of crime."

On November 16th, Mr. Hollins was arrested for a probation violation. SIU detectives then dug deeper into his activities, and discovered he had engaged in more acts of domestic violence. New criminal charges are pending in the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

In addition, a revocation hearing was held yesterday before an administrative law judge at the request of the State Department of Corrections which alleged Mr. Hollins violated his probation by issuing repeated threats against Dane County Jail Deputies and a victim he had threatened in the past. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne provided a prosecutor to assist with the hearing. The administrative law judge will decide whether or not to revoke his probation, and he could face more than 6 years in prison as he has a past prison sentence that was not served, but held in abeyance by a circuit court judge.

It involves at 2009 Madison case where Mr. Hollins began shooting at two men outside of a West Side apartment complex. The targets were inside a SUV. One round shattered a window of the vehicle, while two others penetrated the bedroom windows of children who lived in a nearby apartment.

Hollins was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 6 years of extended supervision for the gunfire. Those sentences were stayed and he ended up with a year in the county jail and 8 years probation.

When the SIU was launched, Lt. Woodmansee said of those being notified, "Their violence must stop, or they will be held accountable by law enforcement, prosecutors and the community."

Mr. Hollins entered the SIU arena with 5 felony, and 7 misdemeanor convictions. Now he's facing new 2 new charges: Domestic Criminal Damage to Property, and Domestic Unlawful Use of a Telephone.

But even before those cases are adjudicated, the administrative law judge could revoke him for the 2009 shooting case. A decision is expected in the next 10 days.


  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897