Jayson Ray Holt

HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – After reportedly attacking and threatening his former wife, Jayson R. Holt, 42, Greenwood, was charged with domestic battery, strangulation, burglary, violation of a protective order (two counts) and destruction of property.

The victim stated Holt showed up at her house and needed gas, and was also trying to persuade her to drop a domestic violence protective order against him.

She took him to get gas, and he followed her back to the house, refusing to leave.

The next morning, Holt was still there, and allegedly became threatening, choking her and saying he was going to kill her.

Her father called the house when he saw the defendant’s truck parked there, and Holt left.

For domestic battery, if convicted, the defendant could spend up to one year in jail and/or pay a fine up to $500.

If convicted of strangulation, Holt could be sentenced to one to five years and/or pay a fine up to $2,500.

The penalty for burglary is one to 15 years in jail.

Violating a protective order is punishable by one day to one year in jail and a fine from $250 to $2,000.

Destruction of property could net Holt up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $500.

He will be represented by Attorney Dreama Sinkkanen.

The various charges were filed against Holt by Sgt. C. D. Cox and Dep. T. M. Justice, Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department, and Tpr. J. M. Thompson, West Virginia State Police.

Holt is being held on a $60,000 cash-only bond.