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Pair Sentenced for Forcing Man to Eat Own Beard During Financial Transaction Gone Awry

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Okay, so, I'm sitting at home last night with some music on and I suddenly remember that Troy Holt and James Hill, the guys who made Harvey Westmoreland of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky eat his own beard in a dispute over money during a lawnmower sale, were supposed to be sentenced in Anderson County court that morning.

(For those who haven't been following this story as closely as I have, the case involves two drunk friends who thought two drunk brothers were overcharging them for a riding mower. Then the two friends either cut or shaved off one brother's beard and made him eat it.)

So anyway, I absolutely needed to know if Holt and Hill were treated to the ice-cold hand of Lady Justice scorned by their heinous crime, or if they got off with a slap on the wrist by some candy-ass judge, and checked the WLEX-TV website.

From WLEX:

"An Anderson County judge sentenced Troy Holt to five years probation. His co-defendant, James Hill, was sentenced to four years probation. The pair pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening, assault and unlawful imprisonment charges.

"As a condition of their probation, Holt and Hill must have no contact with Westmoreland, cannot possess firearms and must remain drug and alcohol free. They can also be required to attend substance abuse counseling if deemed necessary."

While that may seem like a light sentence for making a man eat his own beard, take a look at James Hill and Troy Holt:

If you mean to tell me that these two guys are gonna have an easy go of it trying to get through the next four and five years, respectively, without a gun or a beer, you're dead wrong. This is a harsh, almost inhuman, sentence for James and Troy.

Now for the details that have since come to my attention--it seems that the local community was trying this case on the WLEX comments pages rather than in a courtroom.

On November 10th, "NaDeen" said:

"You know it is pretty sad that the so called Victims the Westmoreland brothers have the nerve to tell only part of the actual story forgetting to say anything at all about the physical threats they had made to Troy Holt. Harvey and Joey were the ones that came onto Holts property threatining to kill him(Holt). I personally know Troy, and needless to say I know him extremely well and yes parts of what was claimed was true but there is a lot of facts that have been left out of course by the Westmoreland brothers, due to the fact that they had been harrasing and threating Mr Holt. All 4 of the men were intoxicated not just Holt and Hill! There is going to be a huge surprise come out on the plea of one if not both, Holt and Hill."

"turner" replied:

"lotta things left out of story i know troy if he was drunk and he doe not drink that much troy weight is about 175 this fellow loks to me about 300 lbs looks like he could have protected himself what it might have been westmoreland drunk going on personal property threating troy but lets see the court system in anderson co at work its a monkey court ive always heard"

This was followed up by a testy response from "O Really" which read:

"It is really suprising to me that Harvey had the courage to lie like he has about the whole situation! Harvey has failed to mention that before any of this ruckus started that he had screamed profanity and vulgar things to a 14 year old Minor which at the time was 13. How can a so called grown man make the comments that he was scared for his and his brothers life when they are the ones that approached Holt and Hill on Holts property making threats that they were going to kill him and I will be the first to tell you that I have known Holt for over 5 years and that man has no mean streak like that in him, at the time of this incident the Westmoreland brothers where intoxicated and approached Holt and Hill on private property raising h*ll, Im sorry to bust the bubble but there is such a thing as trespassing and self defense so you know since the westmoreland brothers decided to take upon themselves to approach them drunk and threating so be it, they ask for what they recieved! And let the truth be known it had NOTHING to do with a lawn mower! Harvey had made one to many smart remarks, perverted need I mind you to one of the Defendents minor children about oral sex if that helps fill you in, and also both of the brothers were sleeping with Holts at that time girlfriend! What man is going to allow another come on to his property and threatin their life and then sleep with his so called girlfriend at the mans house in his barn, telling everyone that they going to kill Holt, and making discussting sexual comments to a 13 year old minor! The Westmoreland brothers are people that need to be psyciatriclly evaluated!"

After another, cooler-headed commenter said something about the depths to which the conversation was reaching, "colt1" shot back with this:

"[A]ll of the story is one sided.No one has ever asked or cared what Hills or Holts side of the story is,why?First off they did not do anything wrong!The whole thing started over a "girl" that was sleeping with holt,and both the westmoreland brothers,not a lawn mower like was reported on the news.Harvey really did not have anything into it,he wasn't even there the whole time,he came in later because he was trying to sell on of the defendents minor children marijuna.Funny how that was not mentioned,nor was the fact that Harvey tried to get a sexusl favor from one the defendents minor children!! He said that there were guns and knives,the only thing was a pocket knife,it was the westmorelandsthat had the guns in the truck.He says made him eat his beard,then its tried to make him eat his beard,so which one is it.If he was that traumatized over it he sure would remember.The whole thing revolved around a "girl" thats what caused the fight.I personlize know hill and holt and this is not usually the way they act drunk or sober!They were provoked!!Hill stood by becuase there was minor children there and he did not want them hurt.In a week leading up to that the westmorelands had threathned holt,ask several people to borrow guns so they could keep holt in the cross heirs.That sounds like a threat to me. Not to mention this happened over a year ago!Its all almost over and now all of this!That andeson co. for you.The westmorelands knew excatly what they were getting into,they were drunk to!I think it is a shme to try to smear names like HILL AND HOLT when ithe whole truth has not been told on th westmorelands side,if there was anything to them they would step and tell how good everyone was to them and helped out even after their home burned downed,and they got all this help from everyone inculdin HILL AND HOLT!!!Hill helped them get the place they live now!!! I dont care what nobody has to say people know the truth and the westmorelands can not break hill or holt no matter how hard they TRY!"

To which "Well I Never" responded:

"The whole situation is odd to me but I am even more surprised by the comments. Not by the actual comments themselves, but that these people know how to use a computer."

Game over.
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