Man who robbed Lexington pizza stores sentenced

A man who robbed two Lexington pizza stores was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.

Patrick W. Holder, 44, of Hopkinsville was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell for interference with commerce through force and violence, use of a firearm during an armed robbery, and escape from custody, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Lexington.

Holder admitted that on Feb. 14, 2009, he robbed the Papa John's at 2467 Nicholasville Road on Feb. 14, 2009 and the Domino's Pizza at 3101 Clays Mill Road nine days later. Holder was arrested by a Lexington police officer after the second robbery. He pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2009.

On May 25, 2010, while awaiting sentencing on the armed robbery and firearm charges, Holder escaped from the Woodford County jail. He was captured a few hours later. On June 7, Holder pleaded guilty to the escape charge.

Under federal law, Holder must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. After being released, he would be under supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.