Richmond man sentenced in coin collection slaying

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for a fatal 2010 shooting that authorities say stemmed from a dispute over a valuable coin collection.

A Wayne County judge ordered the sentence Thursday for Thomas Holliday of Richmond. He was convicted of murder in the shooting of 69-year-old Richard Smith of Williamsburg.

The Palladium-Item reports prosecutors say Smith had given his coin collection to Holliday, who had said he could sell it for more money than a previous appraisal. After several months of delays, Smith demanded return of the coins or $26,000.

Police say Holliday later went to Smith’s home and killed him.

Holliday’s defense attorney says he was a law-abiding citizen before neck surgery led to a pain medication addiction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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