Danny Dashay Holmes, 30, recently confessed killing Lopez- Flores in 2016 and asked for a life sentence to the judge during a court session in late August.
Three years after committing the murder Holmes has come up now to admit the crime. Holmes claims that he has found God in the past year and this urged him to confess the crime.
“I knew the Lord was just on me, weighing on me over and over,” Holmes said in court. “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 added.
Holmes claims that the song “redeemed” from Big Daddy Weave lead him to confess the crime.
“Then You look at this prisoner and say to me, “Son, stop fighting a fight that’s already been won,” is the lyrics that moved Holmes and that made him decide to plead guilty.
The courtroom was packed to hear the confession of Holmes. His family in the courtroom was in tears.
“Momma, you know I love you,” Holmes said to his mother. “But Momma, I promise you, your baby boy, he’s going to serve the Lord forever.”
Holmes pleaded guilty for first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and criminal impersonation of law enforcement. He reflected on the flamboyant lifestyle he lived. He said in court that he will tell the young people in jail about finding happiness in Jesus not in money or luxuries.
He also shared that he’s been praying for the Lopez-Flores’ family. He said that he was very sad to know that Lopez had 3 daughters and he had robbed their father from them. He is able to understand their pain as he is also a father.
“My consequences deserve a life sentence,” he said conclusively in the courtroom and he was granted a life sentence in prison.
“We are continually amazed at how God has used this song. The moment we started singing ‘Redeemed’ stories began to pour in of God’s grace. But as a band, we have nothing to do with the stories we hear about the song, it’s only Jesus. Only He can use a song in this way. We’re so thankful for all God continues to do,” said Weaver after knowing Holmes’ confession.