ST. GEORGE — The Utah Supreme Court has denied a motion by convicted bigamist Rodney Holm requesting a release from jail until an appeal to his conviction could be heard.
“We are disappointed,” said Rod Parker, Holm’s attorney. “He’ll be done with that sentence long before we get an answer on our appeal of his conviction.”
Holm, who was convicted last year on charges of bigamy and unlawful sex with a minor 16 or 17 years old, was sentenced to a year in Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane. He is allowed work release privileges and travels to his job in Colorado City each weekday. Holm must return to the jail each night and spend weekends there.
Holm, a former police officer in Colorado City, Ariz. and Hildale, was decertified following his conviction. He is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which preaches polygamy as a central tenet.
Most residents of Colorado City and its twin city, Hildale, belong to the FLDS Church and practice polygamy.
The 37-year-old Holm, who at one time was married to three women, has 22 children. He remains married to his first wife, Suzie, and to Wendy, whom he married in a private FLDS church ceremony.
The conviction stems from Holm’s union with a third wife, Ruth Stubbs, who was 16 at the time the pair were married in a church ceremony by FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs.
Holm and Stubbs, a sister to Holm’s first wife, had two children, and she was pregnant with a third when she left him. Stubbs eventually sought full custody of the children, although she continues to live in the Colorado City area.