Jason Autry arrested on drug, gun charges in Benton County

Posted at 9:38 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 19:20:08-05

CAMDEN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Jason Autry, who was released from jail earlier this year after pleading guilty to lesser charges in the Holly Bobo case, has been arrested in Benton County.

Autry was arrested Thursday morning after a deputy in Benton County spotted him walking in a field with a gun.

Reporter Nick Beres has learned that Autry ran from the deputy and then collapsed. Officers found his vehicle nearby with evidence of meth and ammunition. It is believed he was using and dealing the drugs.

He's now charged with possession of a weapon, possession of drugs and evading arrest.

As a convicted felon, Autry is prohibited from owning a weapon. He will now face both state and federal charges. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years behind bars.

District Attorney Matt Stowe called Autry "extremely dangerous," adding that "there's going to be a lot of people sleeping safer in Benton, Decatur and throughout the district tonight."

"There are a lot of folks who will be very excited at the prospect of Jason Autry being potentially locked up again," said Stowe.

Autry, who had been incarcerated since 2011, was released from jail back in September after pleading guilty to solicitation to commit murder and facilitation to especially aggravated kidnapping in the Holly Bobo murder case. Bobo's family agreed to the terms of the plea deal.

Autry was charged in the case, along with Zach and Dylan Adams. Zach Adams was convicted on the strength of Autry’s testimony at trial and sentenced to life in prison. Dylan Adams reached a plea deal for 35 years.

In his testimony, Autry admitted to being there when he claimed Zach Adams shot Bobo.

The 20-year-old nursing student was kidnapped from her home on April 13, 2011. Her remains were discovered three years later off County Corner Road in Decatur County.