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Lou Griffin sentenced for 1986 Green Bay murder

Lou Archie Griffin
Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-27 17:05:15-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Lou Archie Griffin, the man charged in the 1986 killing of Lisa Holstead was sentenced on Monday.

The case was once considered the longest-unsolved murder in Green Bay, Griffin, now 67, was sentenced to the maximum of 10 years in prison.

In January, Griffin pleaded 'no contest' to a charge of Homicide by Reckless Conduct with the court finding him guilty. He was originally charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide, a higher class felony than the reckless conduct charge.

Lisa Holstead was 22 years old in August of 1986 when she was found dead in a marshy section of the Ken Euers Nature Area where she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Police announced in 2020 the arrest of Lou Archie Griffin for Holstead's killing. Griffin was found through genetic genealogy.

Griffin was cooperative and voluntarily went to the sheriff's office to talk with investigators. He told police he might have had sex with Holstead but denied killing her. He remembered he was high on cocaine and drinking alcohol that night.

The judge credited Griffin with 880 days of time served.