A Lolo man convicted of driving drunk and killing a pedestrian on Brooks Street will be able to have his alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet removed while he’s in the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota next week for heart surgery.
Brian Holm, 52, was sentenced in 2011 to 30 years in prison with 15 suspended, but has remained free while his appeal to the Montana Supreme Court is pending. In September, he traveled to the Minneapolis area, where his sister lives, for an evaluation for double heart valve replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic.
According to a motion filed this week by his attorney, Rich Buley, Holm will have “extensive” heart surgery on Feb. 20.
Buley’s motion, unopposed by the Missoula County Attorney’s Office and granted by Missoula District Court Judge Dusty Deschamps, asks that the ankle bracelet be removed Feb. 19 and reattached Feb. 26, when Holm is expected to be discharged.
“The device is a nuisance and could potentially disturb other monitoring devices throughout the medical facility,” according to Buley’s motion.
In a previous court document, Holm reported that a doctor in Minnesota said he probably needed a liver transplant before he could undergo heart surgery.
But, wrote Buley in the most recent motion, “As reported earlier the defendant has been waiting for a possible liver transplant which has not occurred and the deteriorating heart condition cannot be delayed any longer.”
In September 2010, a car driven by Holm crossed into oncoming lanes on Brooks near Paxson Street and then went up onto the sidewalk, where it struck and killed 24-year-old Brian Beaver, a tourist from Washington state.