Holly Bobo Trial: Attorneys agree to life without parole +50 years for Zach Adams
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Zach Adams, found guilty in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Holly Bobo, will serve life in jail plus 50 years without the possibility of parole.
In court for sentencing just one day after the jury delivered their guilty verdict, attorneys announced they had reached an agreement.
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Instead of facing the death penalty, attorneys agreed to merge the murder counts, rape counts, and kidnapping counts. As a result, Adams will serve life without parole on the murder charges. He will then serve 25 years for the rape charges and 25 years for the kidnapping charges.
Bobo's mother, Karen Bobo took the stand after the announcement for what would normally be a victim impact statement issued to jurors before deciding on Adams' fate. Although an agreement was reached and there was no need for a victim impact statement, attorneys agreed to allow Bobo to speak to the jury about what they didn't know about her daughter.
An emotional Karen Bobo told jurors Holly was "the sweetest soul I've ever known in my life." Holly "appreciated the small things in life," and "she had a passion for helping people," Karen said. Bobo's mom told jurors that was part of the reason why she wanted to be a nurse, to help others and also be able to help her grandparents as they aged.
"We were just an average, hard working family. She was raised in a Christian home with lots of love and laughter," Bobo said. "There won't be any of that anymore."
Karen also described the toll it took on her and her husband. "She was my best friend," Bobo said of Holly. Instead of mom dropping off daughter to school, Karen says it would be the opposite. Holly would drop mom off to work, go to school, then pick up her mother. The two loved spending time together, a frugal Holly concerned if they could afford to spend the money.
As for Dana Bobo, Holly's father, Karen says after her daughter's death, dad went from one of the strongest men she knew to "one of the weakest." Holly would be the "first thing on our mind" every morning and the "last thing on our mind every night," Bobo said. Broken, Karen says it wasn't until last night -after Adams was found guilty- that Karen saw something different from her husband.
"Last night, I saw my husband smile for the first time in six and a half years," Karen said.
Bobo then thanked the jury for their verdict, saying their decision had nothing to do with "that animal," referencing Adams, but everything to do with the future of her family. She then shifted to Zach Adams, requesting that he look at her when speaking. Staring at Adams, Karen said of Holly's bright future, "you chose to take that from her. You have shown absolutely no remorse for anything you have done."
Judge McGinley released the jury following Bobo's statement and brought a finality to a 6 1/2 year investigation that ended after a two week trial. Zach Adams avoided the death penalty, but he will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.