Ambush murder: Port Arthur man sentenced to 25 years

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Port Arthur man pleaded guilty to setting up a rival male then laying in wait before shooting him multiple times.

James Earl Holloway, 20, received a 25-year sentence in Criminal District Judge John Stevens’ courtroom earlier this week for the March 2018 killing of Kevonn Jeffrey Washington, 18.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Holloway and Washington had an ongoing disagreement.

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Holloway used females to communicate with Washington by mobile device in order to get Washington to come to the Lake View Palms Apartments, 5200 Gulfway Drive under the impression he was going to engage in a sex act with one of the females at about 11:31 p.m. March 4.

When Washington arrived at the complex and met with the female, it is believed Holloway was lying in wait.

Authorities said Washington was accompanied by two females, at which time Holloway approached Washington and shot him as he tried to run away.

The victim fell and Holloway stood over him and shot him multiple times, according to police.

Holloway was arrested in November 2018 and was seen on crutches after being officially charged because, according to police, he had been wounded in a Louisiana shooting.

Holloway was indicted for Washington’s murder in December 2018.

Prior to the fatal shooting, Holloway was involved in a crime spree with other men including a Griffing Park burglary in the home of a woman in her 90s on June 29, 2017.

Police identified Holloway, who was 17 at the time, as one of the men caught on video burglarizing the home with another man.