Taji Jacquard Holliman, who on June 21 in Section 9 waived his rights and filed non-appeal cases in eight felony and misdemeanor counts, heard Judge Carlos Gutierrez deliver the sentence: six years in state prison, two prisons in Solano County.
Holliman, a former San Francisco resident, represented by Deputy Solicitor General Sarah Johnson, defended the murder of Coanda McGadney, 51, of Fairfield; being a criminal in possession of a firearm; Possession of ammunition; driving under the influence of a traumatic drug; Manslaughter on vehicles without gross negligence; possession of heroin, a controlled substance; Possession of methamphetamine, which is also a controlled substance; and being an unlicensed driver.
Court records also show that the probation was denied and Holman was assessed at more than $15,000 in fines and damages.
Deputy District Attorney Christine De Leeuw represented the DA Solano County office during a Wednesday morning hearing at the Fairfield Justice Center.
A press release from the DA Solano County Office recounted some facts in the case:
At 10 a.m. on that first June, Holleman was heading west on Interstate 80 near Lagoon Valley Road in Vacaville. At the same time and in that area, McGadney was standing outside her work vehicle on the north shoulder of I-80 while wearing reflective gear and a helmet.
As he approached, Holliman leaned over his shoulder, hitting McGadney, who died at the scene.
Holeman, driving a white Mazda 3, fled the scene, but with the help of the Good Samaritans, he was eventually caught in Fairfield by a California Highway Patrol officer with the help of a Fairfield police officer and arrested. Holman was found on parole with a firearm, ammunition, and multiple syringes containing heroin.
The Solano County DA office filed its complaint against Holliman on June 7.
Court records also show that Holman was convicted of first-degree murder on July 13, 2011, in Juvenile Court in Sacramento.After her death, Caltrans officials said McGadney, a landscape maintenance worker, has served Californians for more than 18 years, beginning her service with the state highway agency in 2018. She is survived by her 9-year-old daughter, Nairobi. and two sisters, Priscilla Stephenson and Candice McGadney.
In a press release at the time, Stephen Cake, acting director of Caltrans, said McGadney was the first Caltrans employee to die on the job since 2017. She was the 37th in District 4 and 190th Caltrans employee history to lose their lives. In business since 1921.
“This tragedy is especially painful, so close to our workers’ memorial service a little over a month ago, and it brings home how dangerous our work is on California’s roads,” Keck said. “Our focus is[on]safety and the ‘transit’ law, and[we]are asking the public to increase their awareness of the people working on the highways on their behalf as part of our ongoing efforts” to stop such tragedies.
A memorial fund for McGadney was created through the California Transportation Corporation.