Man pleads guilty in fatal beating of father Victim had threatened to throw his son, 19, out of the house

September 17, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Glen Burnie man admitted in Circuit Court yesterday that he beat his father to death with a baseball bat after his father threatened to throw him out of the house.

William F. Hollowak Jr. of the 300 block of King George Drive pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Sept. 18, 1995, beating death of his father, William F. Hollowak Sr., 43.

He could receive up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 29 by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

Hollowak appeared dazed and showed little emotion when he appeared in court.

His sister, Christine Wolfe, sobbed from a courtroom seat behind him throughout much of the proceeding.

She and other relatives later declined to comment.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said Hollowak's mother, Theresa Hollowak, had repeatedly threatened suicide over the years and had told her son, daughter and husband a week before the murder that she was going to Florida to kill herself.

She was gone for a week, and on the day she returned, the senior Hollowak said that he wanted a divorce and wanted to kick his son out of the house when the divorce was final, Ferris said.

The younger Hollowak had been drinking with friends that afternoon and discussed killing his father with them, Ferris said.

The senior Hollowak left the house about 8 p.m. to buy cigarettes, and when he returned, his son hit him on the head with the bat as he came through the door, Ferris said.

She said the younger man's cousin, James Jones, became hysterical at the sight but calmed down enough to clean some of the blood from the floor around the victim's head.

Jones helped Hollowak drag the body to a rear utility room, Ferris said.

The mother ran to a neighbor's house, and police were called, Ferris said.

Hollowak, who had planned to put the body into his car and dump it, ran from the house when he heard approaching police sirens, Ferris said.

He was apprehended about a mile away, Ferris said.

The autopsy showed the cause of death to be three blows to the head. Hollowak admitted to police that he had struck his father and said it happened during the heat of an argument.

Ferris said Hollowak showed no remorse when he met with his sister at the jail two days after the murder. Hollowak told Wolfe that he still hated their father and that he was glad he had killed him, Ferris said.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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