DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - Investigators said a woman was arrested after she wrote letters to a prosecutor and judges in Duval County claiming to be a victim in a carjacking a man had been convicted of, WAWS reported.
Investigators said she was actually the wife of the carjacker and was trying to get her husband’s charges dropped.
“It was signed supposedly by the victim of the carjacking, saying she had given false testimony,” said prosecutor Rich Mantei.
Natasha Jackson was actually the victim of the armed carjacking in 1999, and Stephanie Holloway’s husband, Daniel Holloway, is serving 28 years in prison for the crime.
“She admitted she did this to try and get her man released. She was apologetic," Mantei said.
According to the affidavit for Holloway’s arrest warrant, the most recent letter was dated Jan. 8 and was sent to Judge Mallory Cooper.
It asks the judge to give inmate Daniel Holloway another chance and says his wife is dying of cancer.
Mantei said that wasn’t true.
The warrant also said the first letter was written in 2010.
Mantei asked the real victim in the carjacking if she had sent the letter.
“She said ‘No, I testified truthfully at trial,’” he said.
It took time to track Holloway down because the letters were from addresses in Miami and Plantation, Fla.
“There were some letters sent to places traced to where Stephanie was working or living,” Mantei said.
He also said the arrest should send a message.
“We’re not going to let people have free rein and think they can tamper with the system,” he said.