State board to consider clemency for Baldwin cop killer

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider clemency for the killer of a Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy.

The board will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 in a special called meeting to receive information regarding clemency for Robert Wayne Holsey, 49. Holsey is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Such a meeting is fairly routine before an execution.

Holsey fatally shot Deputy Will Robinson in a motel parking lot in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 1995, after robbing a Jet Food Store in Milledgeville.

A jury convicted Holsey of malice murder, felony murder and armed robbery, and he was sentenced on Feb. 13, 1997. The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction as well as affirmed the jury’s verdict, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied Holsey’s appeal on June 10, 2013.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles will review Holsey’s case file, including his criminal history, the circumstances of the crime, his prison record and his life history, according to a news release.

The meeting is expected to be closed to the public.