Holder sentenced for role in series of home invasions

Christopher Holder

Christopher Holder

KINGMAN - Another Kingman man involved in a series of March 2009 home invasions has been sentenced.

Christopher Holder, 25, is the second of six defendants in the case to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to facilitation of burglary and will serve 18 months in prison, with credit given for 400 days already served in the Mohave County Jail.

The night of March 15, 2009, Holder; Mark McLennan, 19; Chad Jarrett Weitherow, 38; Patrick Jaye Liewer Jr, 18; Jessie Dean Padilla, 23; and Neil Murico Cannon, 20; allegedly broke into three Kingman homes in the 3500 block of Hodges Road, the 1800 block of Club Avenue and the 2500 block of Georgia Avenue.

In each case, several of the defendants allegedly forced their way into the home, brandished weapons and pistol whipped the homes' occupants while demanding money, drugs and gold. A total of eight people were assaulted and threatened by the suspects. Police believe the suspects specifically targeted residents they knew.

According to the County Attorney's Office, Holder's involvement was limited to driving the others to the first home.

McLennan has already been sentenced and is serving 21 years in prison for his role in the invasions.

Weitherow and Liewer are awaiting trial in August. Cannon is also awaiting trial after rejecting a plea agreement.

The whereabouts of Padilla are currently unknown.

Padilla pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. He was released Aug. 5 pending the trials of his co-defendants but failed to show up to a Jan. 15 hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Detectives tracked Padilla to Texas but he left before he was arrested.

As of February, he was believed to be in California staying with members of his family.