Dereck Holt has promise and potential, it was said Thursday in Lancaster County Court.
But Holt also has “a darker side,” which came out Dec. 14 when he beat and robbed three elderly sisters, tied them up and left them for dead.
“I don’t think you’re a bad person,” President Judge Joseph Madenspacher told the 22-year-old Holt. “But I do think you are a real danger to the community. Not because you want to be.”
Madenspacher ordered Holt to spend 12 to 40 years in state prison, where he will get intensive psychiatric treatment, for the attack inside the sisters’ Ephrata home.