An ex-con who was found guilty of violating a restraining order and trying to convince his wife not to come to court to testify against him was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 38 years in state prison.

John Holmes, 36, was convicted Feb. 27 of four felony counts of intimidating a witness, two felony counts each of robbery and criminal threats and one felony count of bringing narcotics into a jail, along with three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and two misdemeanor counts of violation of a court order.

Holmes was arrested in an alley behind the woman’s home, where he had forcefully taken two cell phones within a few hours in August 2019, Pomona police said.

Police had been called to the residence less than a month earlier on a domestic violence call in which Holmes allegedly assaulted his wife, and officers found three children unattended, authorities said.

Holmes had been convicted a year earlier of felony domestic violence in San Bernardino County involving his wife and a restraining order had been issued, according to Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff.

He also had a 2011 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon involving a different victim, according to the prosecutor.

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