Danny Holmes, Jr. committee a murder in 2016. A few days later, he was arrested for his crime. Last week, Holmes went on trial and plead guilty to his crime.
In a 20 minute speech before a Tennessee court, Holmes talked of finding faith while behind bars and the conviction that he needed to confess to his crime.
He’ll now serve the rest of his life in prison, a consequence that Holmes says he deserves for his crime.
Holmes said, “I’m 30-years-old, and I’ve been fighting for nothing all my life. I’ve been fighting for gangs. … I ain’t never fought for anything that made sense. But I knew the Lord was telling me to fight for him this time. I just knew he was stirring on my spirit.”
He said that he has been praying for his victim’s family.
In his statement, Holmes also quoted the lyrics of the popular Christian song “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave. The line “Then You look at this prisoner and say to me, ‘Son, stop fighting a fight that’s already been won,” helped convince him to confess to his crime.
Holmes has vowed to spread the message of the gospel from prison. Big Daddy Weave lead singer Mike Weaver and song co-author Benji Cowart have vowed to visit Holmes in prison, according to Christianity Today.
Though Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison, the good news of the gospel is that there is freedom in Christ. Though he will be imprisoned, his soul is free. May the Lord continue to use the testimony of his faith and the impact of this song.
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Josh Benner is the pastor of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, Illinois. He has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He has an awesome wife named Kari.