Judge under fire for allowing convicted felon to bond out of jail twice

- In 2007, 27-year-old Marquis Holmes was convicted of aggravated robbery. In 2013, he was released from prison.

Holmes wasn’t one to keep his alleged violent streak secret. But that didn’t stop 338th District Court Judge Ramona Franklin from giving Holmes an unbelievable break.

“This is extremely disturbing to us,” said Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers Union. “It should be disturbing to the public, too.”

In May of last year, Holmes appeared before Judge Franklin for a felony charge of assault continuous family violence.

“You had a no contact order, an emergency order, obviously you had a victim who was in fear of her life,” crime victims advocate Andy Kahan said.

Judge Franklin sets bond at $50,000 and Holmes walks out of jail.

December 2017, seven months later, Holmes is back in the 338th charged with another aggravated assault.

“Obviously by being arrested you’re in violation of the conditions of your bond,” Kahan said.

The D.A.’s office filed a motion asking the judge to keep Holmes behind bars by giving him a no bond.

”The D.A. did their job but the judge didn’t do their job in this case,” Gamaldi said.

Judge Franklin set bond at $30,000 for Holmes' second assault charge.

“A lower bond than the first one. There’s no justification for this,” the police union president said.

On Wednesday, police held a press conference. They said Holmes, who was arrested last week, forced at least 10 women into prostitution and if they didn’t make at least 1$,500 a day they faced violent consequences.

“We have victims that continue to be terrorized by this monster for another four months because this judge didn’t do their job,” said Gamaldi.

Of course, we wanted to know Judge Franklin’s reason for giving Holmes a bond while he was already out on bond.

Reporter Randy Wallace spoke to her court coordinator, visited her court this afternoon and left email messages for two clerks in her court. So far, we’ve heard nothing back.

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