Man Who Murdered Holly Bobo Learns His Fate

Zach Adams sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, rape
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2017 1:51 PM CDT
Man Gets Life in Prison for Murder of Nursing Student
Zach Adams walks into the courtroom, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 for the penalty phase in Savannah, Tenn.   (Kenneth Cummings /The Jackson Sun via AP, Pool)

The man who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 20-year-old nursing student in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, WTVF reports. Holly Bobo disappeared in 2011 after going into the woods outside her parents house with an unidentified man; her body wasn't found until 2014. According to USA Today, a jury found 33-year-old Zach Adams guilty on all counts Friday, and Adams accepted a plea deal Saturday morning before a jury was set to decide if he would receive the death penalty. In addition to the life sentence for murder, Adams received two consecutive 25-year sentences for kidnapping and rape.

Karen Bobo, Holly's mother, called Adams an "animal" while delivering a victim impact statement in court on Saturday. “I know that my daughter fought hard for her life and I know that she begged for her life because my daughter loved and enjoyed life,” Bobo said. “But you chose to take that from her and you have shown absolutely no remorse for anything that you have done.” Prosecutors say the Bobo family reluctantly agreed to the plea deal, WREG reports. Adams' attorney says she plans to file for a mistrial but first needs to figure out a reason for doing so. Two other defendants are still awaiting trial in the case. A motive for the murder of Holly Bobo is still unknown. (More Holly Bobo stories.)

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