Documents: Man Linked To Officer's Death Faced Prison

4-Year Term Recommended For Holim Lee, But He Was Given Probation For 2008 Home Burglary

Court documents obtained by 10News and media partner The San Diego Union-Tribune detailed the decision to keep the man suspected of killing a San Diego police officer out of prison.

According to the documents, Holim Lee was arrested in 2008 for a hot prowl burglary in which two homeowners were inside. During his sentencing, both the prosecutor and a probation officer recommended a 4-year state prison sentence.

However, Mack Jenkins, San Diego County's chief probation officer, said the recommendation was based partly on a couple of factors.

"The officer didn't believe that the individual was truly remorseful and just not accepting full responsibility for their conduct," Jenkins said.

The documents showed Lee's public defender argued for a much lighter sentence of probation. Her reasons included the fact that Lee was unarmed during the home burglary, did not hurt anyone during the burglary and had no previous felony convictions.

The Union-Tribune uncovered Judge Stephanie Sontag's reason for siding with Lee's public defender.

"He also had a pretty good amount of support from family and people in the community. He had two pastors from a church each write a letter on his behalf, his parents wrote a letter, he had a friend write a letter. And his lawyer told the judge if she put him on probation she wouldn't see him in court again," said Union-Tribune reporter Greg Moran.

As a result, Sontag granted Lee probation.

On Oct. 28, Lee and several others were involved in a shootout with police at his Skyline-area apartment. During the incident, SDPD officer Christopher Wilson was shot and killed. Lee also died in the standoff.