ADC convict with Union County ties allegedly strangles cell mate

An Arkansas Department of Correction inmate who allegedly killed his cell mate over the weekend using a sheet has ties to Union County where he was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his parents 21 years ago, according to News-Times archives.

Robert J. Holland, 44, was only 22 years old when he was convicted in the May 1991 deaths of Robert C. Holland and Phyllis Holland in October 1991. He was sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole.

Holland, who was housed at the Cummins Unit in Lincoln County, stopped a guard during his 1 a.m. Saturday cell check and told him he’d strangled his cell mate, Matthew Schiele, 22, of Benton County, with a bed sheet.

According to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story, officers found nothing unusual during the 11 p.m. check and make the rounds every 30 minutes.

ADC spokesperson Shea Wilson said Holland stated he’d killed Schiele two hours earlier but concealed the body with a bed sheet.

Schiele was six months into a four-year sentence for failing to register as a sex offender. He would have been eligible for parole on March 15.

The investigation has since been turned over to the Arkansas State Police.

More in tomorrow’s News-Times.

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