20 year old Ryan was sleeping after a house party. He overheard talking about going over to Jessica’s house (the victim) and talk about robbing her. They were laughing, but at the same time they talked about getting food. Ryan never took William Allen (his roommate) as being serious William Allen, dated her on and off. Ryan focused on the conversation about getting food.
Believing his roommate was not serious about stealing from Jessica, and only intended to use the car to get food, Ryan gave him his car keys. He had loaned his car to the roommate without incident in the past and so he did not have any reason to believe this time would be different.
“Due to the fact that I heard that conversation and gave the keys to my car, under the Felony Murder Rule, I am just as guilty as the guy who committed the murder.” He added that the night before Jessica had been at his house. (quote from Ryan Holle)
Ryan was cooperative with police, telling them everything that he knew all the while unaware that he was a suspect Ryan was arrested a month later.
Ryan was offered a plea deal that would have given him 10 years on a second degree murder charge. Ryan was not guilty of murder, did not harm nor kill anyone so he declined that plea at the encouragement of his attorney. Never believing he would be convicted of a murder when he had not commited one.
Credit: Intro Eric Wellman - award winning journalist and previous host of Morning Edition on Cleveland's NPR news station. Voted best radio anchor in Ohio 2010 by the Associated Press.
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