EXCLUSIVE: FBI informant beaten in San Luis Obispo County Jail

April 2, 2015
Kip Moye Holland

Kip Moye Holland

By KAREN VELIE

An informant who helped the FBI expose a corrupt police officer was severely beaten last month while incarcerated in the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

On March 2, the day after it was reported that the city of San Luis Obispo agreed to pay Kip Holland and his girlfriend a $25,000 settlement, four inmates attacked the 49-year-old man. Holland was treated for lacerations to his head at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Holland’s information led to the 2013 conviction of Cory Pierce, a San Luis Obispo police officer who had been on loan to the sheriff’s department, for extortion.

In Dec. 2013, a federal judge sentenced Pierce to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors described an officer who stole drugs from the sheriff’s department evidence locker, held guns on his victims while stealing drugs under the color of authority and then bribed others to sell the drugs.

Holland and his girlfriend, who was also an FBI informant, filed a suit in federal court claiming Pierce had coerced them to sell drugs and had forced sex on Holland’s girlfriend. In Dec. 2014, the city of San Luis Obispo paid $25,000 to settle the suit.

On March 19, Pismo Beach police arrested Holland on charges of misdemeanor forgery and violation of his probation and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Though informants are generally placed in protective custody, sheriff deputies locked Holland into a six man cell.

On March 22, four inmates violently attacked Holland.

The four inmates – Joshua Bradshaw, 22, of Paso Robles; Mikheal Young, 29, of Grover Beach; Joshua Dollins, 37, of San Miguel and Cameron Stumbo, 34, of Atascadero – were charged with the assault. The sheriff’s department attributes the beating to an article in the Tribune.

“When Holland came into custody, he did not report being involved in the Pierce case, nor did he disclose in the classification interview any concern for his safety or request protective custody,” said Tony Cipolla, the sheriff’s department public information officer. “The assault appeared to be the result of an article that was published in the Tribune the day before, where Holland settled a claim on the Pierce case.”

Since the assault, the sheriff’s department has placed Holland in protective custody. He is scheduled to be released on April 8, according to the sheriff’s department website.

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justbeware

Ian, dude–this is lookin’ REALLY bad!


Stop modeling.

Stop kissin’ babies.

Stop the meet ‘n greets.


Do your job.


achillesheal

That’s what you get for being a rat.


Seriously though, has any government agency paid any reader money or just confiscated money from them? Those who “work” for government excluded. Yet government will pay a two bit scumbag $25k of the money it steals from our families?


It’s maddening.


standup

For him to rat out a corrupt pos Cory Pierce is worth it as that a hole is a little short sh@t ah@ole.


SandyK

The percentage of cops who serve for the public good seems miniscule…


black sheep

ya, because the 4-5 in the cell with him or anybody else for that matter in county read it in the paper? as much as I want to believe there are good leos out there who mean well and actually give a fu** about people or whats right for that matter, I think its pretty safe to say that is what you call gangsters with badges. slos finest for ya


SamLouis

Enough with the excuses. Fix this crap, Parkinson.


GrayGranny2010

This is nonsensical. In this age of immediate access to electronic records, how is it that an informant’s criminal history/file was not flagged or coded earmarking him as an informant, really. I smell a rotten apple in the local law enforcement rank and file. It sounds like the “good ole’ boys” made sure that someone who snitched on one of their own was taught a lesson and suffered some negative consequences; and they didn’t even have to dirty their hands. I think this incident warrants an out-of-county investigation including the FBI.


SLO_Johnny

Now, he can sue the county. It will probably cost us $100,000 this time.


Gordo

Count on a claim being filed on his behalf by a civil attorney. This should be a nice payday for some enterprising lawyer.


info

So a snitch rats out a corrupt officer and still gets abused by his cell mates? Alright then….lesson learned….


LameCommenter

Nothing new to see here. The sheriff does a spotty and incompetent job of protecting his citizens both outside and inside of incarceration. Looks pretty snazzy in his uniform at the helm of his joyride patrol boat, I imagine. I agree, this one could outdo Hedges.