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16-times Convicted Felon Sent to Jail in Tennessee; Testified as a Star-Witness in Holly Bobo Murder Trial: Prosecutors

16-times Convicted Felon Sent to Jail in Tennessee; Testified as a Star-Witness in Holly Bobo Murder Trial: Prosecutors

Jason Autry, a key witness in the Holly Bobo murder trial, has been handed a sentence of over 23 years in federal prison for a firearm offense.

In a recent development, the U.S. Department of Justice has revealed that Autry, who has a lengthy criminal record with 16 convictions, was found to be in possession of a rifle, a handgun, and ammunition on December 3, 2020. Upon his arrest, the Department of Justice stated that he was under federal supervised release following his release from prison on September 16, 2020.

Autry was released from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for charges related to the Bobo case.

The Department of Justice reported that Autry was found in possession of a stolen 9mm pistol just 25 days after his release. Additionally, within 78 days of being released, he was also found to have a rifle and ammunition.

On November 22, 2022, Autry admitted to three counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The sentencing occurred on June 24, 2024, with a duration of 279 months (23.25 years). Parole is not applicable in the federal system.

The Department of Justice announced that Autry had a prior conviction for unlawfully possessing a firearm, stemming from an incident in Decatur County, Tennessee, on January 15, 2012.

In 2011, nursing student Holly Bobo vanished from her rural residence in Parsons. After an extensive search of the surrounding area, Bobo’s remains were discovered over three years later.

Autry provided detailed testimony against his friend Zachary Adams, shedding light on drug use and the horrifying events surrounding Bobo’s abduction, assault, and murder. During the trial, Autry testified that he had acted as a lookout while Adams fatally shot Bobo beneath a bridge near a river.

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Autry’s testimony played a crucial role in securing Adams’ conviction during his trial in 2017. Adams received a life sentence along with an additional 50 years in prison.

After six years, court records revealed that Autry was now retracting his testimony, stating that he fabricated it in order to avoid a life sentence.

In 2022, the Tennessee Court of Appeals confirmed Adams’ conviction. However, a rarely-seen legal document surfaced in January, when Adams requested a fresh trial from a judge in Hardin County, citing the statements made by Autry.

As per LocalMemphis, a hearing took place in early June 2024 regarding Adam’s petition. The judge has yet to make a decision in the case.

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