Jury finds Helena man guilty of several sex charges

Published 3:54 pm Friday, June 14, 2019

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – A 54-year-old man has been convicted of several sex crimes including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse that occurred between Jan. 1, 2003, until Jan. 1, 2012, according to Shelby County Circuit Court records.


A jury returned a guilty verdict on the felony first-degree rape, felony first-degree sodomy and felony first-degree sexual abuse charges against Kenneth Barry Holmes on June 12.

Holmes, who previously listed an address in the 300 block of Barnett Lane in Helena, now lists an address in Columbiana.

After the guilty verdict, Holmes is now scheduled to be sentenced for all three charges on Monday, July 8.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Holmes on June 6, 2016 and charged him with the three felony charges.

According to his indictment, from Jan. 1, 2003, until Jan. 1, 2012, Holmes “intentionally engaged in sexual intercourse with a female by forcible compulsion.”

First-degree rape and first-degree sodomy are both classified as Class A felonies, while first-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, according to Alabama law.

Holmes could face up to life in prison for each Class A felony count, as well as 10 years in prison for first-degree sexual abuse.