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Jun 29, 2010 12:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Holmes sentenced to 20 years

Jun 29, 2010 12:08 PM

Jermaine Holmes, the Northampton man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a Riverside man during a fray outside the Hampton Bays Diner last year, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison and five years of probation.

Mr. Holmes, 26, was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Calvin Butts, but the charge was reduced to first-degree manslaughter as part of a plea bargain. Rather than facing 25 years to life in prison on the murder charge, he faced a sentence between 12 and a half and 25 years under terms of the deal. Prosecutors were seeking the maximum, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Assistant District Attorney James Chalifoux said Mr. Holmes and Mr. Butts were drawn into a confrontation that began with their respective brothers in the diner’s parking lot.

According to Mr. Chalifoux, in the early morning hours of May 24, 2009, Mr. Holmes’s older brother, Jimmy Dean, started a fight with Mr. Butts’s younger brother, Chris Butts.

“From what we learned, the fight was because Jimmy Dean felt that Chris Butts did not give him his ‘proper respect,’” Mr. Chalifoux wrote in an e-mail. “We heard rumors about other things but could not confirm anything.”

Chris Butts was getting the better of Mr. Dean in the scuffle, he said, and some of Mr. Dean’s friends jumped in. It was unclear exactly how many people were involved in the altercation, he wrote.

Prosecutors believe that Calvin Butts, a 2001 graduate of Riverhead High School, was trying to break up the escalating fight when he was stabbed multiple times. Mr. Butts was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he died.

Witnesses tied Mr. Holmes to the scene, according to Mr. Chalifoux. Mr. Holmes turned himself in to authorities on June 1, about a week after the incident.

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He should have used an SUV instead of a knife and he could have gotten off with just 6 months!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 29, 10 3:41 PM
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Everyone don't get mad for this person needs ALOT OF PRAYERS...
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 15, 10 6:55 PM
Another senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer!
By nylajen (8), Bayshore on Jun 29, 10 4:09 PM
Justice served, deluxe style.
By Mr. Z (11668), North Sea on Jun 30, 10 4:55 PM
the truth will come out its a shame that a son was lost and another son was force accused the truth will be reveal so who ever is reading this will no they have to deal with god on this one.the truth will make you free.
By chops (4), riverhead on Jun 30, 10 11:25 PM
Uh...... What?

Justice was served. My condolences to the victims family.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Jun 30, 10 11:57 PM
If you know the TRUE why not come FORWARD and Jermaine would have been 'SET FREE' , why would a FRIEND let another FRIEND GO 2 JAIL...
I'm not tryn 2 be sarcastic just do not understand, TRUE FRIENDS DO NOT LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN YOU NEED THEM.
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 15, 10 7:10 PM
WERE YOU THERE NO AND YOU REALLY DON'T NO HE DID NOT DO AND THE TRUTH WILL COME
By chops (4), riverhead on Jul 1, 10 1:57 PM
FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS GO 2 JAIL IF THEY KNOW THE TRUE.
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 15, 10 7:19 PM
CHOPS (Riverhaed) I REPLY TO WRONG PERSON, IT WAS TO YOU FROM FAITH (Riverhead) ON JULY 15, 2010 @ 7:10PM
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 20, 10 7:11 PM
For some reason, young minority youths still dont get it. Violence never have a good ending.
By newrunnah (3), Southampton on Jul 7, 10 9:36 PM
NOT ALL MINORITY YOUTHS THINIK THIS WAY AND VIOLENCES HAS NO COLOR......THANK YOU
P.S. JIMMY DEAN JR. (32) IS A GROWN MAN WHEN HE START THIS SENSELESS
FIGHT THINKING SOMEONE WAS LOOKN AT HIM, IF YOU DO NOT WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK AT YOU PLEASE STAY HOME SO NO ELSE GET KILL..
THANK YOU
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 15, 10 7:26 PM
being a hero is ot hero- this is such a shame since these 2 were friends
By sue6 (3), riverhead on Jul 12, 10 1:29 PM
SORRY ELLIOTT (Sag Harbor), JULY 15, 2010 @ 7:10PM WAS FOR CHOPS(Riverhead)
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 20, 10 7:05 PM
He was not trying to be a HERO, they was GANGING his younger brother
By Faith (10), Riverhead on Jul 20, 10 7:07 PM
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