A San Francisco man accused of killing a woman inside her Russian Hill home last year is expected to plead guilty to murder charges on Tuesday, his defense attorney said today. Scott Holland, 44, allegedly posed as a utility worker in order to gain access to the apartment of publicist Kathleen Horan in the 900 block of Chestnut Street on Oct. 29, 2010. During a struggle, Horan was killed with a pry bar and knife and her body was found inside the apartment early the next morning.
Officers found Holland in the city’s Richmond District days later after police had released a suspect sketch. He was charged with murder, attempted rape, residential robbery and residential burglary. Holland’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young, said that she expects her client to plead guilty Tuesday morning to charges in the case in exchange for what she said was “basically a life sentence.” District Attorney George Gascon has planned a news conference following the hearing and Horan’s father Bill Horan is expected to attend.
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