UPDATE: 12/05/2022 – POUWEL JAMES VEENSTRA has been found unfit to proceed with his defense.
The court ruled on 12/01/2022 that Veenstra was unfit to proceed. The current status of this case is now: Pending Fitness to Proceed.
There will be a court hearing for a check in status on 12/07/2022.
FLORENCE, OR On 11/07/22 at approx. 9:16pm the Florence Police Department received a
report of a possible dispute at 561 Hemlock St..
Upon arrival officers discovered a male victim lying in the front yard of the residence with a significant head injury as a subject ran into the house. The male victim, Joseph Quinten Holtsberry, was breathing but unconscious. Lane County deputies and OSP troopers responded to assist.
Officers were able to secure an area where Western Lane Fire and EMS were able to respond and attend to the victim and transport him out of the area. After a search of the home and immediate area officers were able to locate the suspect, POUWEL JAMES VEENSTRA, hiding in a brush area near the residence.
Holtsberry was being life flighted to RiverBend Hospital and died in transport. After
investigation Veenstra was arrested for the murder of Holtsberry and later transported to Lane County Adult Corrections. Oregon State Police crime lab personnel responded and processed the scene.
Victim: Holtsberry, Joseph Quinten DOB 07/03/1995 of Florence
Suspect: Veenstra, Pouwel James DOB 02/15/1972 of Florence
(information from the Florence Police Department)
Florence, Ore. – POUWEL JAMES VEENSTRA was booked into the Lane County Jail on 11/8/2022 8:30:36 PM, by the Florence Police Department.
Veenstra’s charge is murder in the second degree.
We believe this murder happened
today on Hemlock Street in Florence. UPDATE: we are being told the murder happened yesterday (11/7/2022).
This is a breaking news story, we will update when we get more information.
(Information from the Lane County Jail, and tips from Lane County Mugshots Uncensored members)