Berrien Co. court worker facing multiple felony charges

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WOOD) — The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office announced charges against a court employee who developed a relationship with a man who was on probation.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Jessica Holmes, who is from Eau Claire, is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Obstruction of Justice.

According to a release from the prosecutor’s office, Holmes was the program coordinator for Swift and Sure, a program for probationers who were convicted of felonies. The state-funded program helps the probationers receive a second chance to succeed on a local probation term, as opposed to prison time, the release said.

Prosecutors say Holmes allegedly formed a relationship with a probationer in the program after the Berrien County courthouse shooting in July. The release said Holmes and the probationer were in the courtroom at the time of the shooting.

Holmes allegedly gave the probationer the drug Norco to sell on her behalf. Prosecutors also say the sexual relationship she allegedly had with him was prohibited due to her being employed by the county while he was on probation. Holmes also allegedly gave the man confidential information by telling him when he was scheduled for drug and alcohol screening.

Prosecutors say Holmes is scheduled to be arraigned in the Berrien County Trial Court on or before November 4. According to the release, some trial judges in the county are disqualifying themselves from the case.