Zach Adams has been sentenced to life without parole, plus 50 years, for the rape and murder of Holly Bobo.
According to USA Today, an agreement was established between the prosecution and Adam’s defense attorneys to spare his life. Initially he faced a potential death penalty. CNN reports that the deal was made just minutes before the sentencing in a Tennessee courtroom.
After the announcement, a prosecutor called Bobo's mother Karen Bobo up to the stand.
"First of all, I would like for you all to know this decision had absolutely nothing to do with that animal," Karen Bobo said. "It had to do with the future of our family."
She then talked about her daughter, a 20-year-old nursing student, in a victim impact statement.
"She was the sweetest soul I have ever known in my life. A sweetness and kindness that many people can’t imagine. I can see the love."
The grieving mother addressed 33-year-old Adams, demanding that he make eye contact with her.
"I know that my daughter fought and fought hard for her life. And I know that she begged for her life because my daughter loved and enjoyed her life, but you chose to take that from her and you have shown absolutely no remorse for anything that you have done."
Holly Bobo disappeared from her home in September 2011. Her brother last saw her walking into the woods with a man in camouflage. Three years later, her remains were found in a wooded area. In all, five men were arrested for their involvement: Adams’ brother Dylan Adams and his friend Jason Autry were charged with aggravated kidnapping, first-degree murder, and rape. Jeffrey and Mark Pearcy were arrested on charges -- that were later dropped -- of accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence.
The trial revealed Holly may have still been alive when she was wrapped in a blanket and put inside a vehicle by Adams, who presumed she was dead. When she made a noise, Adams shot her in the head.
According to The Jackson Sun, Adams bragged about killing the nursing student. He allegedly said, “’I couldn’t have picked a prettier b---h. It was fun.’”