Zachary Adams, 33, was convicted Friday and was facing a life-or-death sentencing hearing, but special prosecutors from Shelby County DA’s Office and defense attorneys reached an agreement on the sentence that was announced this morning in Hardin County Circuit Court in Savannah.
The sentencing agreement was approved by Judge C. Creed McGinley.
“This is a bittersweet day for the Bobo family, but hopefully it will give them some comfort in knowing that justice was done for their daughter Holly,” said Gen. Weirich. “This verdict and sentence is the result of the dedication and hard work of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, four of the finest prosecutors in the country and, of course, an attentive and hard-working jury that listened to the proof and had the courage to convict a ruthless killer.”
Holly Bobo, 20 was abducted from her home on April 13, 2011, and her remains were found in rural Decatur County three years later, several months after Adams, his brother Dylan Adams, and Jason Autry were indicted for her murder. Cases against Dylan Adams and Autry are pending.
Witnesses in the two-week trial said Zach Adams boasted of raping and killing Holly Bobo. Codefendant Autry, who testified for the state, said he saw Adams shoot her in the head.
In 2015, special prosecutors from the Shelby County DA’s Office were appointed to handle the case, including Deputy Dist. Atty. Jennifer Nichols, and Asst. Dist. Attys. Paul Hagerman, Eric Christensen and Steve Ragland.
Amy McCullough, director of the DA’s Victim/Witness Unit, also was assigned to the case.