A Kansas City man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a conspiracy to kidnap and torture an Independence man who allegedly had stolen a biker gang's drug money.
Randal Holmes, 53, also known as “Peckerwood” or “Wood,” pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City to one count each of kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to distribute at least 50 kilograms of marijuana and brandishing firearms during a drug-trafficking crime. Holmes faces life in federal prison without parole, and he is to be sentenced at a later date.
Two other co-conspirators were charged last year along with Holmes – his son Gerald, also known as “Jerry” or “Joker,” and Richard Phoenix, also known as “Snake.” All three had been charged in circuit court two years ago, but those charges were dismissed in lieu of federal prosecution.
According to the plea agreement, Holmes' co-conspirators made more than a dozen trips to buy at least 120 pounds of marijuana in Colorado, and Holmes received $100 for each pound of pot brought back to Kansas City. On Sept. 12, 2016, Holmes and other conspirators agreed to kidnap the victim because he stole some money intended for a marijuana purchase.
According to court documents from the state charges, the victim, Coty Hollaman, had been given money and a car by the Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club to drive to Colorado and buy marijuana. He later told police he had made similar runs before, but this time he parked the car at Kansas City International Airport and flew to Denver and then Las Vegas, where he spent the money.
Holmes arrived at the Independence home of Hollaman's father on Sept. 12, and conspirators told the father to call Hollaman and tell him he was was being held a gunpoint and that Hollaman needed to come to the house right away. When Hollaman arrived, Holmes pointed a gun at him and told him to get into his vehicle. Hollaman was then struck, punched and choked as they drove to another co-conspirator's home.
Hollaman was then beaten with fists and a ball-peen hammer, conspirators threatened to cut off his finger and toes using tin snips, and according to state charging documents was given methamphetamine when he went unconscious so he could wake up and be beaten again. Holmes repeatedly demanded that Hollaman reveal where a duffel bag containing the money was, then went to retrieve it while Hollaman was held at gunpoint.
Holmes later drove Hollaman to a home in rural Benton County, which according to state charges was owned by a member of a support biker gang. Hollaman was beaten again during that trip with fists and a firearm butt. When they arrived, Hollaman was told to call his father and tell him he was OK, that he had taken a beating that he deserved and he would be home in a couple days.
Law enforcement officers traced the phone call, found Hollaman the day after this incident started and arrested Holmes. They saw Hollaman's face was swollen and bloodied and he had injuries to his face, head, hands and feet and had trouble walking. Officers found guns in Holmes' vehicle and in the Benton County home and multiple guns and drugs and drug paraphernalia in a co-conspirator's home.