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Spanaway man to be sentenced today in death of wife, daughter

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 7, 2012 at 11:36 am |
December 7, 2012 11:36 am

A Spanaway man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife and daughter will be sentenced this afternoon.

Dean Holmes’ sentencing is set for 2:30 p.m. in Pierce County Superior Court. He faces two life terms without the possibility of parole.

He shot his wife, 41-year-old Kristi Holmes, as she slept in their home Aug. 28. He shot their daughter, 11-year-old Violet Holmes, as she slept in the backseat of the family car.

Holmes told detectives he killed his wife because he repeatedly lied to her about their worsening financial situation and believed she would uncover his lies. Holmes, a house painter by trade, had been sued multiple times by people who said he took their money but did not complete the work.

Violet and a friend were sleeping in the house when Holmes fatally shot his wife. He then woke the girls up, drove his daughter’s friend home and shot Violent to death on the drive home.

He allegedly contemplated suicide but turned himself in to authorities.

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