Marie Holmes, the Powerball lottery winner who won her share of a huge jackpot back in February, is in the headlines again for the actions of her boyfriend.
Lamarr Andre McDow, also known as “Hot Sauce,” was arrested for the third time this year and is now facing possession of a firearm charges. The 31-year-old was in the news twice before in the last nine months for other charges related to drug possession. Holmes has bailed him out both times — forking over a grand total of $9 million. One instance was for a $6 million bond, and the other was $3 million.
TWC News reports that McDow is in the slammer again for $10,000 bond. Will Holmes bail him out once more?
When Marie Holmes won her $188 million Powerball prize, she went on press interviews to say that she was going to take care of her four children and make sure they’d have a nice house to live in somewhere outside of town with her.
Prior to winning the lottery, Holmes worked two jobs to support her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. The woman from Shallotte, North Carolina, won hearts all over the nation for being a working single mother who appeared to have her act together.
It was learned months later that Holmes, 26, was involved with Lamarr Andre McDow, aka “Hot Sauce.” She was spending millions and millions of dollars bailing out a man who was always getting in trouble with the law. McDow was arrested in August for a weapons charge and is a confirmed gang member.
The Powerball winner fiancé is back in jail for third time this year: http://t.co/k9AWJXQQ72
— TWC News Coastal NC (@TWCNewsILM) October 19, 2015
Marie Holmes has also faced some legal issues of her own after she was cited with simple possession of marijuana in July.
Holmes also responded on her Facebook page to critics who bashed her for bailing out her boyfriend.
“What Y’all need to be worried about is Y’all money and not how I spend mine this is benefiting Y’all how? And no he’s no drug dealer or user but who are Y’all to judge anybody? I will definitely pray for Y’all because it’s much need… they talked about Jesus so I’m not surprised Y’all are talking about me but be blessed though.”
“Hot Sauce” McDow was among one of three suspects arrested in November 2014 after a year-long investigation. His many charges include “trafficking heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin.”
Holmes’ boyfriend was investigated after 8,000 bags of heroin were discovered in the Shallotte area. He’s been convicted on assault and numerous counts of drug possession charges that go back as far as 2000.
McDow was taken into police custody on July 23 for violating jail curfew. He was wearing a GPS monitoring device. When authorities went to arrest him that night, they also noticed a strong smell of marijuana in the house he shared with Holmes on Boverie Street in the Rutledge Community, WNCN News reported. A .45 caliber pistol was also found inside the home and Holmes’ boyfriend was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Holmes was also cited for having less than a half-ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
So far, there’s no news on if Marie Holmes will pay the bond for Lamarr McDow’s latest arrest, as $10K is a lot less money than $3 million or $6 million in bail. If the Powerball winner posts bond a third time for McDow, there’s no doubt she’ll feel the heat from the public again for her choice to do so.