By Julie Vaughan
Joshua Neal Holden pled guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon family violence in exchange for a plea offer that sentenced him to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division and a $1,500 fine.
Holden is accused of physically and mentally abusing his wife, Lisa, while keeping her locked up in a room inside their Ben Wheeler mobile home.
Mrs. Holden managed to escape from her husband in March 2012, with her two children, by crawling into some nearby woods, after he had left to take their oldest daughter to school.
Mrs. Holden had a broken leg and other severe injuries, but after spending several days in the woods she was able to flag down help.
She told Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office investigators that her husband was mad because he did not have a job and because of money issues.
She said he beat her with a bat and, after his truck wouldn’t start, with jumper cables.
On previous occasions, she said, he shot her with a pellet gun and stabbed her.
According to a press release from the Van Zandt County District Attorney’s Office, after a hearing late last week, all other charges pending against Holden that originated from the abuse of his wife were dismissed in consideration for his guilty plea.
Holden will be required to serve 20 years of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.