Holland pleads guilty to murder in fatal wreck

Ronald Trevor Holland pled guilty to one count of Second Degree Murder in Johnston County Superior Court on Aug. 20. The charge arose from a wreck that occurred on Old Fairground Road on May 16, 2017 in which Holland was driving while impaired. North Carolina State Highway Patrol conducted the investigation.

Troopers determined that Holland was traveling on Old Fairground Road when he lost control, drove left of the center line and struck a vehicle operated by Tiffany Carol Burnette. Burnette was killed as a result of the impact. A test of the defendant’s blood revealed an alcohol concentration of .24, three times the legal limit in North Carolina.

Holland entered a plea of guilty before the Honorable Douglas Sasser. Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle and Assistant District Attorney Keith Gordon prosecuted the case. Holland was represented by Michael J. Reece.

At the sentencing hearing, Gordon told the Court that Holland had prior convictions for Driving While Impaired. Judge Sasser sentenced Holland to a minimum 108-month and a maximum 142-month sentence to be served in the Division of Adult Corrections.

“I am pleased with the outcome and want to thank the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for their tireless work in this case, said Doyle. “Because of their thorough investigation, we were able to remove a repeat offender from our highways.”

“The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work closely with law enforcement to ensure that our roadways are safe in Johnston County,” said Doyle.

Ronald Holland

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