A Wichita man has been ordered to serve 25 years in prison for fatally shooting the owner of a south Broadway auto shop in 2010.
James Vell Holloman, 32, will begin serving time on his second-degree murder conviction after completing a 12-year federal prison term for weapons violations and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to Sedgwick County District Court records.
Holloman pleaded guilty to the charge in June in connection with the death of 41-year-old Stephen H. Smallwood on Dec. 13, 2010. During testimony last October, witnesses said Holloman shot Smallwood and injured another man outside of Perfection Auto, 4150 S. Broadway, because he thought the auto shop owner was involved in killing Sammy “Ray Ray” Smith in 2009.
Smith was Holloman’s brother. That case remains open.
Holloman’s sentence was handed down this week by District Judge David Kaufman. He has about nine years left to serve on his federal prison sentence.