After prison release, state wrestler free to pursue Olympic dream

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2012 - 9:28 AM

Jordan Holm's wrestling aspirations became afterthoughts when he spent 6 1/2 years in prison for sexual abuse -- a crime the Northfield native says didn't commit. Now, he's competing for a spot in the Olympics.

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mockingyouApr. 14, 1211:16 PM

"she had no reason to lie, so i can't find you not guilty" seems like a far cry from "innocent until proven guilty." also strange that the judge thought it was a momentary lapse not worthy of jail time, but still found him guilty of a 6-year-in-jail crime.

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jaynedrakeApr. 14, 1211:29 PM

I don't understand why the judge believed her over him, as their wasn't anything else to convict him. Sounds like a very unethical judge and a poor lawyer. Didn't he appeal at all?

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tpsmkemkApr. 15, 12 5:49 AM

He will be competing with three other Minnesota Storm teammates for that 84 kg spot---Chas Betts, Zach Neilsen and Travis Rutt.

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vonnegut5Apr. 15, 12 7:51 AM

Wow. Left me with reasonable doubt. Knowing that I don't know the whole story, his legal counsel appeared lacking. Innocent or guilty, Jordan, I'm glad you're not wallowing and that you're grasping your life as your own. I hope you take hold of the rest of your life as you have wrestling. You were promising then and you are promising now.

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fwallenApr. 15, 12 8:53 AM

Nno one but the wrestler can know what really happened and reasonable doubt would indicate a not guilty verdict should have prevailed. But with that said Holm made a decision to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Advice for your kids: know where you are, and go to a safe place if you are not going home.

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think100Apr. 15, 12 9:01 AM

great article. we don't know what happened, we don't know if he did it or not, but the story is about moving past it, and realizing your dreams. i'm proud of this guy for staying positive and working hard.

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kirby5Apr. 15, 12 9:42 AM

Good point fwallen. I've followed Jordan's story since it happened. Anyone who is at peace with themselves and God the way Jordan is would have admitted guilt at this point if they were truly guilty. Love it when someone turns a negative into a positive. No matter what happens in with Jordan's wrestling career, he is going to be a successful person in life.

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akornApr. 15, 1210:37 AM

What is not told in this story: Another UNI athlete had been accused of sexual assault, with far more compelling evidence against him. He was not convicted. The college was accused of not treating sexual crimes by athletes seriously enough. UNI administration perhaps would have liked an opportunity to show that they were ready to crack down on such crimes. Jordan Holm naively allowed the college to pick a lawyer for him. It's hard to fathom how deep the moral corruption is in higher education culture today. Don't trust them any farther than you can spit.

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chuckdancerApr. 15, 1210:49 AM

...". "Without a firm reason to believe [the accuser] was lying or had been dreaming, the verdict in this case cannot be not guilty."... ******************************************** ******************************************** To me that sounds like guilty until proven innocent.

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chuckdancerApr. 15, 1210:59 AM

..."under Iowa law, third-degree sexual abuse carries a mandatory prison term not to exceed 10 years."... ******************************** ********************************************** They don't want those darn unelected liberal judges messing up the "justice" system in their black and white world. Mission accomplished.

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