Holland sentenced in strong-arm robbery

MILL HALL — A strong-arm robbery defendant was sentenced this week to five-to-23 months in Clinton County Correctional Facility following a confrontation with an employee of GameStop, 281 Hogan Blvd., Bald Eagle Township, earlier this  year.

Michael Lee Holland, 33, of Lock Haven, a former manager at the store, was taken into custody last June and placed in prison on a probation detainer pending further legal action, police said.

He entered a guilty plea in October.

According to Tpr. Curtis A. Confer of the state police at Lamar, a 23-year-old Mill Hall male reported the robbery.

The employee, Mark Blankenship, told police he was walking to his vehicle with three M&T Bank bags containing $1,079.09, and was planning to make a deposit at the bank when he heard footsteps behind him.

He said he turned around to see a white male running at him. Blankenship said the man had a light-colored goatee, was about five feet, five inches tall, and weighed around 250 pounds.

Blankenship also said the defendant was wearing tan cargo shorts and a black hoodie with the hood up and black sunglasses.

The suspect came around to his right side and grabbed the bags without saying a word, police said. The assailant then ran across the highway at Hogan Boulevard.

Blankenship said he recognized Holland because he had seen the defendant run before while working at GameStop, and knew him by his stride. Blankenship said he also recognized the defendant by his features and physical form as the former manager at GameStop.

After an initial search of the area proved negative, troopers discovered a video of the incident at the Sheetz convenience store, and obtained a hard copy.

At 2 p.m. the same day, Holland arrived at the station at Lamar and was interviewed. Police said Holland admitted to being in the area at the time of the robbery, but said he was in that area to visit the Tractor Supply Store. He said he did not enter the store because he forgot his wallet.

After Holland was taken into custody on the detainer, he was searched and troopers found a pill in a plastic bag in his back pocket. Holland identified the pill as Suboxone.

Suboxone is a drug typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawal. It can be given to people to ease detoxification, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery. Suboxone is also used in the longer-term as a maintenance medication to reduce the risk of relapse with more dangerous substances.

However, as an opioid drug, Suboxone abuse and addiction can occur. People may illegally buy, sell, or trade their Suboxone, take Suboxone that is not prescribed to them, or take inappropriate doses of Suboxone.

As for the store, GameStop is the world’s largest video game retailer, with over 6,100 stores located throughout the United States and 17 countries.

In addition to his prison term, Holland ordered to serve an extra 24 months of probation, was fined $750 and was ordered to pay restitution to GameStop for $1,079.09.