Ryan Joseph Holle (born on November 17, 1982) was convicted in 2004 of first-degree murder for lending his Chevrolet Metro to a friend, William Allen Jr.,who used the car to drive others to a house in order to commit a burglary, during which a murder was committed. A former resident of Pensacola, Florida, United States, he is now serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole at the Graceville Correctional Facility 20 miles southwest of Tallahassee.
Ryan was at home sleeping when the crimes were committed.
As the prosecutor David Rimmer explained: "No car, no murder." The victim's father, Terry Snyder, concurred: "It never would have happened unless Ryan Holle had lent the car. It was as good as if he was there".
Allen said in a pretrial deposition that all Holle did "was go say, 'Use the car.'
Holle had no criminal record.He had lent his car to Allen countless times before.
Governor Scott, please pardon this man immediately. He was not even in the wrong place at the wrong time, he was just home sleeping. Ryan Holle was 22 years old at the time of his conviction, and has served 8 years of a life sentence without possibility of parole for lending his car. Governor Scott, Ryan could have been my son or yours. Please address this injustice.