Man known as ‘Peckerwood’ guilty in kidnapping, torture case

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Randal G. Holmes / Independence Police Department

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to kidnap and torture an Independence, Mo., man.

Randal G. Holmes, also known as “Peckerwood” or “Wood,” 53, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, one count of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of brandishing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

According to today’s plea agreement, Holmes’s co-conspirators purchased at least 120 pounds of marijuana from a source in Colorado, for which they made more than a dozen trips between Colorado and Kansas City. Holmes received $100 for every pound of marijuana brought back to Kansas City because of his prior connection to the source in Colorado. On Sept. 12, 2016, Holmes and other conspirators agreed to kidnap the victim, a co-conspirator in the drug-trafficking conspiracy identified in court documents as “C.H.,” because he stole money that was intended for the purchase of marijuana.

Holmes arrived at the Independence, Mo., residence of the victim’s father, identified as “W.H.,” on Sept. 12, 2016. Conspirators told W.H. to call C.H. and tell him he was being held at gunpoint and that C.H. needed to come to the residence right away. When C.H. arrived at the residence, Holmes pointed a firearm at him and told him to get into his vehicle. While in the vehicle, a co-conspirator struck, punched and choked C.H. as Holmes drove away.

They took C.H. to Holmes’s residence, where they were met by a third co-conspirator. C.H. was taken to the basement, where he was assaulted with fists, a hammer and tin snips/clippers. During the assault, Holmes repeatedly demanded that C.H. disclose where the duffle bag containing the money was located. Holmes left to retrieve the duffle bag while a co-conspirator held C.H. at gunpoint.

Holmes later drove C.H. to a rural residence near Edwards, Mo. As Holmes drove them to the residence, a co-conspirator continued to strike C.H. with fists and the butt of a firearm. When they arrived at the residence, C.H. was told to call his father and to tell him that he was okay, that he had taken a beating, that he would be home in a couple of days and that he deserved what had happened.

Law enforcement officers were able to trace the telephone call and on Sept. 13, 2016, officers were able to locate C.H. and arrest Holmes. Officers observed that C.H. had suffered multiple, visible injuries to his face, head, hands and feet. Officers noted that C.H. had trouble walking, that his face was black and blue, as well as swollen with traces of dried blood. Upon receiving medical treatment, it was determined that C.H. had also suffered a fracture in his left hand.

Officers found a Jimenez Arms 9mm pistol in Holmes’s vehicle and a Hi-Point 9mm pistol in the residence where C.H. had been held. Officers also found an FN Herstal .40-caliber pistol, a Remington .270-caliber rifle, an RG .22-caliber revolver, a Ruger .22-caliber rifle, a Mossberg .20-gauge shotgun, 36.4 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a co-conspirator’s residence.

Under federal statutes, Holmes is subject to a sentence of up to life in federal prison without parole.

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