The brother of a man serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo has pleaded guilty Monday to facilitating her kidnapping and murder.
In a Savannah, Tennessee, courtroom, a judge accepted John Dylan Adams’ Alford plea, meaning he will serve 15 years for facilitation of first-degree murder and 35 years for aggravated kidnapping. The sentences will run concurrently, according to The Jackson Sun.
For reference, Cornell Law School defines an Alford plea as a “claim neither of guilt nor innocence toward charges brought against a defendant in criminal court.” In this case, Adams cannot appeal Monday’s sentence, the newspaper noted.
Bobo, 20, disappeared from her Parsons home in April 2011. Her remains were discovered in the woods not far from her home in September 2014. DNA evidence was scarce in this instance. Instead, authorities depended on witness testimony to build a case, CBS News reported.
John’s older brother, Zach Adams, is serving life plus 50 years in prison for kidnapping, raping, and murdering Bobo. In November, WREG reported that Zach’s attorney requested a new trial for his client.
“The Bobos have been waiting for over seven years and a long trial over the summer. This started seven years ago — and they’ve been waiting for seven years for justice,” prosecutor Paul Hagerman commented, according to The Sun.
“They got some at Zach’s trial and Zach’s verdict, and now they get a little more with John Dylan Adams.”
In court, Judge C. Creed McGinley said he was relieved that both sides reached an agreement as it spared the victim’s family from another trial.
“I know that no one’s happy with this, you can’t be,” McGinley said. “But I’m particularly happy that the family will be spared going through another extensive trial on this.”
There have been no court dates scheduled for Jason Autry, the third person charged in connection with Bobo’s death. Hagerman said that they’ll handle Autry after they deal with Zach’s motion for a new trial.
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