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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dominic Holt-Reid, Man Who Tried to Force Girlfriend to Have an Abortion, Charged With Attempted Murder (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Not father of the year.
  • Not father of the year.

Update II: Holt-Reid was sentenced to 13 years in prison. (AP)

Dominic Holt-Reid will be sentenced today by a judge after pleading guilty to "attempted murder, weapons, and abduction counts," according to the AP. He faces 20 years in prison. (AP)


A Columbus man has been arrested for some one-of-a-kind scumbaggery, according to police. 28-year-old Dominic Holt-Reid is accused to holding a gun to his pregnant girlfriend's head and forcing her to drive to an abortion clinic, according to the Dispatch.

Prosecutors tell the paper this is the first time they've ever seen anything like this.

Holt-Reid was arrested Oct. 6 after police say he pointed a handgun at Yolanda Burgess, 26, and forced her to drive to an East Side abortion clinic for a scheduled appointment after she told him she didn't want to go through with the procedure.

The clinic staff contacted police after Burgess passed a note to them detailing her situation.

Officers said they found Holt-Reid waiting in the parking lot with a 45-caliber handgun in his waistband.

Police initially charged him with kidnapping and carrying a concealed weapon. The other charges were added in the six-count indictment returned Friday by a Franklin County grand jury.

"He is charged with attempted murder for the attempt at gunpoint to force her to have an abortion against her will," O'Brien wrote.

"The (state) murder statute was amended a few years back to prohibit 'unlawful termination of a pregnancy' in order to avoid the debate whether an unborn fetus is a 'person' under the law.

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