Nelson County, VA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 28, 2012
RE: Nelson County murder defendant gets 25 year prison sentence
FROM: ANTHONY MARTIN, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Francis Panal Quiros, a 39 year-old man, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder following the December 14, 2011 killing of Amy Holden, 41 years old, who lived in Shipman, was sentenced today by Judge J. Michael Gamble in the Nelson County Circuit Court.
After hearing testimony from Kathy Woods, Amy Holden’s sister, about how the murder affected her and her family, the Judge sentenced Quiros to 40 years in prison and suspended 15 years meaning Quiros will have to serve 25 years in prison. There is no parole in Virginia.
Upon Quiros’ release from prison, the remaining 15 year sentence will not have to be served unless Quiros violates his probation rules. After he serves the 25 year sentence, he will then be on probation for 20 years and was ordered to have no contact with any members of the Holden family as a further condition of his probation.