Superior Court Commissioner Erik Lundeberg on Friday ordered
a Tracy man to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter with a prior
conviction for the death of a man at the West Valley Bowl last year.
Louis Joseph Holt Jr., 32, could be sentenced between two
years and seven years in prison in convicted, said his defense attorney William
Holt is accused of killing 34-year-old Ricky Pena Jr. during
a confrontation at the bowling alley on Oct. 21.
DuBois said Holt was there to meet his sister’s fiancé, and
that Pena tried to talk to Holt’s sister in the parking lot. All parties had
been drinking, the attorney said.
“(Holt) said, ‘She doesn’t want to talk to you.’” DeBois
Ultimately Holt punched Pena, who slammed the back of his
head on the ground and died a day later.
Holt was on the lam but turned himself in several days
He’ll be in court in Stockton on Feb. 25, where he will be
“A simple punch became fatal,” DuBois said. “That’s the
tragedy of this whole thing.”