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Holly Held Without Bond

Posted: November 29, 2012 at 2:23 a.m.

Deputies escort Zachary Holly to a patrol car Wednesday after a bail hearing at the Benton County Courthouse in Bentonville. Holly is charged in the death of Jersey Bridgeman, 6.

Deputies escort Zachary Holly to a patrol car Wednesday after a bail hearing at the Benton County Courthouse in Bentonville. Holly is charged in the death of Jersey Bridgeman, 6.

Zachary Holly will remain in the Benton County Jail after a judge Wednesday ordered him to be held without bond in connection with the rape and murder of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. Court documents also filed Wednesday state Jersey died from asphyxia. The family of Amanda Holly, Zachary Holly’s wife, released a statement through their attorney Wednesday:

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Amanda Holly Family Statement

The family of Amanda Holly, Zachary Holly’s wife, released a statement through their attorney Wednesday:

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Jersey Bridgeman. Although we know that there are no words of sympathy that will make the pain of Jersey’s death subside, we wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jersey’s family. We are praying for healing for Jersey’s family and for justice to be done.

“Jersey was a very sweet girl who our children and grandchildren considered their best friend. Because of this, we ask for privacy. The children in our family are not dealing well with the loss of their friend. While we feel a certain degree of familiarity is essential for their well-being, we also need time alone to mourn, seek answers to a great many questions, and heal.”

Source: The Bryant Firm, P.A.

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The Charges

Zachary Holly could be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty if convicted of capital murder. The punishment for kidnapping and rape is 10 to 40 years or life imprisonment. However, Holly faces a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of raping someone 13 and younger. He faces five to 20 years in prison if convicted of residential burglary.

Source: Staff Report

Zachary Holly being escorted into the courtroom Wednesday. Holly is charged with capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary in the death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman.

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