A Nashwauk man was sentenced Monday to more than 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a minor girl between 2012 and 2014.
According to the Itasca County Attorney’s Office, Bryan Morgan Holl, 36, of Nashwauk, appeared for sentencing June 17 after an Itasca County jury found him guilty of five counts of criminal sexual conduct following a three-day trial this April.
Back in January 2017, Itasca County Health and Human Services got a tip: A girl reported to a social worker in Decatur, Ill., that she had been sexually abused by a then-34-year-old man, Holl, in Nashwauk.
The agency sent a report to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, which then joined the Decatur Police Department the following month in conducting a forensic interview with the then-13-year-old girl who told law enforcement that Holl had assaulted her multiple times in previous years. The girl also said Holl apologized to her through a Facebook message.
Investigators tracked down Holl at his home, where he admitted to sexually abusing the girl at a residence and while scouting deer in the county.
Holl was convicted for felony DWI in 2007 in Itasca County, according to a database search on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. Holl was convicted for gross misdemeanor DWI in 2005 and gross misdemeanor driving while impaired in 2001 in the county.
Based on the serious charges and Holl’s criminal history, he qualified for the maximum sentence allowed by law, 30 years or 360 months. Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam asked the court to impose that sentence because it was appropriate based on the significant sexual abuse Holl perpetrated against the minor victim. The court agreed that the crimes were serious but imposed a sentence of 306 months in prison. Once released, Holl will be subject to a lifetime conditional release requirement and will have to register as a predatory offender. Conditional release is required by law in this case and involves supervision by a Department of Corrections agent once the prison sentence has been served. A person who violates the requirements of conditional release can be sent back to prison by the Department of Corrections without the need to involve the courts or the county attorney’s office.