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Woman accused of trying to spring husband from prison

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Updated: 2/27 10:27 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A Jacksonville-area woman is behind bars, accused of trying to trick the prison system into releasing her convicted husband.

"They were coming so frequently, it was almost harassing," said prosecutor Rich Mantei.

Mantei said Stephanie Holloway was writing letters to his office and judges at the Duval County Courthouse. The problem was Holloway signed them as a Natasha Jackson. "It was signed supposedly by the victim of the car jacking, saying she had given false testimony," he said.

Natasha Jackson was the victim of an armed carjacking in 1999. Stephanie Holloway's husband, Daniel Holloway, is serving 28 years in prison for that crime. "She admitted she did this to try and get her man released. She was apologetic," said Mantei.

According to the affidavit for arrest warrant Action News obtained, the most recent letter was sent to Judge Mallory Cooper on January 8th. It asks the judge to "give inmate Holloway another chance" and that his wife was "dying of cancer."

The warrant also says the first letter was written in 2010. Action News asked Mantei what took so long to figure this out. He said their first question was to the victim in the original carjacking.

"She said no, I testified truthfully at trial," said Mantei.

But there was another problem. The letters weren't from an address in Jacksonville. We're told they came from Miami and Plantation, Florida. "There were some letters sent to place traced to where Stephanie was working or living," said Mantei.

Mantei says this arrest should send a message. "We're not going to let people have free rein and think they can tamper with the system," said Mantei.

Stephanie Holloway is in jail, facing six charges and will not be arraigned until next month.
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Lulu2013 - 2/28/2014 9:44 AM
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Put her in the cell with her husband for 28 years! Then she will be truly sorry.
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