A veteran King County Sheriff's deputy who helped his wife start a prostitution business, stole ammunition from the sheriff's office and dabbled in a number of illegal drugs pleaded guilty to three felony charges Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors.
A judge then sentenced Darrion Holiwell to one year plus one day in jail, calling him a disgrace to his profession.
Holiwell, a 49-year-old Seattle man, was charged with promoting prostitution, theft, and drug dealing.
transgressions first came to light during divorce proceedings with his
third wife, Alicia Holiwell. According to the charging documents, Alicia
had been physically abused by Holiwell, though she did not report the
incidents, and she contacted his previous wife, Dana Smith, to see if
there was a pattern. Smith was reportedly so overwhelmed by what Alicia
told her, she contacted a friend who works for the sheriff's office.
That friend notified her supervisor, and an investigation began.
Holiwell and Alicia separated in May 2013 --
supposedly temporarily to work on their marriage -- and Alicia got her
own condo. According to the charging documents, she started her escort
business shortly after.
Alicia told detectives Holiwell provided
her advice on how to run the business, and in the beginning she would
text him her clients' IDs and inform him when she was with a client as a
Once the business got going, Alicia was making
$2,000 a weekend, and Holiwell would collect approximately 80 percent
of the profits, according to the charging documents.
time, Holiwell reportedly supplied Alicia with human growth hormone to
lose weight and marijuana and "molly," a form of Ecstasy, to help with
her escort appointments.
According to the charging documents,
this arrangement ended when Holiwell started dating Alicia's 20-year-old
friend, violating the terms of their open relationship. Alicia got
angry and filed for divorce.
Following the interviews with
Alicia, detectives served search warrants at Holiwell's home and the
Sheriff's Office firing range.
According to the charging
documents, those search warrants turned up evidence that Holiwell had
been taking both live and spent ammunition from the firing range without
He reportedly gave some of the ammunition to a
longtime friend who was providing him with drugs, as well as advice on
the escort business. Other ammunition he traded in for credit at gun
shops around the region, using it to by supplies for both his SWAT team
and himself, according to the charging documents.
All told, Holiwell reportedly stole $15,000 worth of live ammunition and another 19,000 pounds of spent ammunition.
addition, detectives turned up a number of illegal drugs, including
steroids, at Holiwell's home, according to the charging documents.
has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1995 and was a member of the
department's SWAT unit and its chief firearms instructor until his
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