COLUMBUS, Ohio-- An Ohio man charged under a fetal homicide law has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint.
Prosecutors in Columbus argued that 28-year-old Dominic Holt-Reid lacked remorse. A judge sentenced Holt-Reid on Thursday to five years for attempted murder, five years for abduction and three years for a gun being involved.
The judge rejected arguments from a defense attorney that Holt-Reid was guilty of much less serious domestic violence charges, such as aggravated menacing and coercion, and should have received a lighter sentence.
Prosecutors brought their case using a 1996 law that says a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
The girlfriend has since delivered a healthy baby.