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LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE PLUS 50 YEARS FOR ZACHARY ADAMS

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The defense and prosecution reached an agreement today (Saturday, September 23, 2017) that Zachary Adams will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole plus 50 years. He was convicted yesterday (Friday, September 22, 2017) for kidnapping, raping, and murdering of Holly Bobo. Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student, went missing in 2011. Her remains were found in a wooded area near Holladay, Tennessee, in 2014. They were positively identified as belonging to Holly Bobo through dental records. Below are the charges of which Adams was found guilty:
1. Felony first-degree murder
2. Especially aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon
3. Especially aggravated kidnapping with serious bodily injuries
4. First-degree murder during the perpetration of rape or attempted rape
5. Aggravated rape by the use of force or coercion with the use of a deadly weapon
6. Aggravated rape suffered bodily injuries
7. Rape by use of force or coercion
8. First-degree premeditated murder

After the jury was let out of the courtroom, Bobo’s mother Karen hugged prosecutor Jennifer Nichols and Bobo’s father Dana hugged Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. Defense attorney Jennifer Thompson patted Adams on the shoulder and spoke into his ear shortly after the verdict was read. Outside the courtroom, she said she was extremely disappointed in the verdict and maintained that Adams was innocent. Adams was very upset and trembling after the verdict, she said. “He was really shaking his head,” Thompson said. “He was white as a ghost.”

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