Jason Wayne Autry is a white man from Tennessee, United States. He was involved in the disappearance and death of Holly Bobo, a nursing student at the University of Tennessee at Martin Parsons Center in Parsons, Tennessee and a cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan.
Born in 1999, Bobo disappeared from her home in Parsons on April 13, 2011 and her remains were found in woods near her home in Decatur County in September 2014. The suspects were Autry, his cousin Shayne Austin, who committed suicide in February 2015, and siblings Zachary Rye Adams and John Dylan Adams, who were charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, first-degree murder and rape.
As Zachary’s accomplice, Autry eventually became a key witness to the case. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in 1974.
- He was nicknamed Train.
- He lived in Holladay, Tennessee.
- He was addicted to methamphetamine and morphine.
- He was jailed for theft and drug convictions three times before he being involved in the case of Bobo.
- On April 29, 2014, a grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping charges. Held without bond, he was in the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison on a previous, unrelated aggravated assault conviction.
- In 2016, he revealed that was not involved in Bobo’s abduction. The day she disappeared, he went to Austin’s home to buy drugs and saw his late cousin John Dylan and Zachary cleaning up the evidence of the kidnapping, rape and murder of the victim. He agreed to help Zachary dispose of her body along the Tennessee River and saw him shot her after noticing she was still alive. He added that Zachary asked him to kill John Dylan because he was afraid his brother would reveal the details of the crime to other people.
- In June 2017, he agreed to testify against Zach in exchange for leniency. He was given federal immunity.
- He was represented by Michael Scholl.
- On September 14, 2020, he headed to court in Hardin County and pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit murder and facilitation of especially aggravated kidnapping in the case of Bobo. Hardin County Judge C. Creed McGinley sentenced him to eight years.
- At 9:30 a.m. on September 16, 2020, he was released from the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee after accepting a plea deal that reduced his sentence to eight years of time served.
- As a convicted felon who has been convicted of 10 felonies in state and federal court, he was not allowed to have the weapon in his possession.
- On December 3, 2020, he was arrested in Benton County and was booked into the Benton County jail by deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. He was in possession of methamphetamine, weapons including a Marlin 30/30 rifle and other items. If convicted of the federal weapons charge, he faces at least 15 years in prison.
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