A New Mexico man says he’s had enough of the submarine’s owner, who was charged with murder last year after a shooting death of his son and daughter-in-law.
The owner, John H. Holmstrom, 46, was sentenced in federal court to three consecutive life sentences without parole in August for the 2012 killing of John Holmstrum and his wife, Mary, after the couple’s son, David, shot his father-in, brother-in and brother-wife-in the head while Holmsters boat was parked on the boat ramp at their home in the small town of Lake Havasu City.
The case became a rallying point for gun rights advocates who argued that Holmstrems son, who is now in custody at the state prison in San Quentin, was motivated by a vendetta.
David Holm-Stromstrom’s father and wife were found dead in the boat deck in September 2012.
The Holmstedts son was charged but never convicted.
David was arrested on October 12, 2013, in Lake Havasupensis, New Mexico, and is now being held on $1 million bond.
Holmstrom and his attorney, Kevin Hulsey, released a statement Tuesday saying the Holmstems will appeal the sentence.
“The Holmsters family is outraged that this unjust sentence was imposed.
The charges against the Holmans are baseless and outrageous,” the statement said.
“We are appealing this unjustly imposed sentence, and we will continue to work for justice for our family.”
The case against HolmStroms was first reported by the local newspaper the Albuquerque Journal in June, and the newspaper reported the case against him as a result of a confidential informant’s tip.
According to the Journal, Holmstroms son and former girlfriend, Samantha Holm, filed for divorce in March 2015, claiming he had abused her and that he threatened to kill her.
Holmanstroms attorney, Michael Hulshysh, told the Journal that Holmans son has been cooperative with investigators and has cooperated with them in the case.
Hulshiesh said his client is currently undergoing psychological evaluation.
He said Holm’s son has had counseling sessions and is not currently receiving treatment.
Holms lawyer said his son has never been violent toward anyone and never intended to harm anyone.
He also said his clients wife is cooperating with the investigation.