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Holly Bobo case

A man convicted of killing Holly Bobo avoided the death penalty Saturday after accepting a sentence that will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life– plus 50 years.

Zachary Adams, 33, was found guilty Friday in the kidnapping, rape and murder of the 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student in 2011. Her skeletal remains were found three years later.

Judge C. Creed McGinley told a jury Saturday that Adams made a deal with prosecutors just minutes ahead of his sentencing hearing.

Under the agreement, Adams received a term of life without parole for Bobo’s killing. He was sentenced to consecutive terms of 25 years on the kidnapping and rape counts.

McGinley told the jury that the deal with Adams was reached with “some reluctance.”

The judge asked Adams if he voluntarily agreed to the deal that may have saved his life.

“Yes sir,” Adams responded in a soft voice.

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