Russell Holt Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

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A Warner Robins man accused of killing his girlfriend last year was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Russell Holt, a former probation officer, was set to go on trial this week.  

Police say Holt shot and killed Jessica Wolfe in March 2012.

During Holt's first court appearance last April, Warner Robins investigator Meredith Edwards said several texts sent from Wolfe's phone right before her death indicated she was scared for her life.

Edwards also said Holt's story that an intruder knocked him unconscious did not match up because Holt had no marks or bruises and the murder weapon was his duty weapon.

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Wolfe worked in the Houston County District Attorney's office.  

Earlier this month, Judge Tillman Self refused to move the trial out of Houston County. He said potential jurors would not have been prejudiced by that fact, or that Holt once worked as a probation officer. 

Holt also pleaded guilty to a second charge of possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years probation on that charge.

Check back with 13WMAZ for updates and reactions from the victim's family.

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