Sentencing for 1997 Murder

Adolphus Lebron Hollingsworth stabbed his wife to death in 1997.

But the case went unsolved for 17 years.

In that time, Hollingsworth became a boilermaker union member, had a daughter, and as his attorney says, proven to the world that he can be rehabilitated.

But thanks to a persistent district attorney and national attention, the murder was solved and this morning, Hollingsworth was sentenced.

It took 18 years but Monday morning the family of murder victim Victoria Carr got closure.

The killer of their beloved mother, daughter and sister was finally sentenced.

"Today we got closure," said Carr’s brother Kennith Witherspoon. "I just hate that my parents weren’t hear to see it. Either way twenty two years, that’s a long time. I just wish him good luck."

The charge is second degree murder and the sentence is 22 years.

"I guess they didn’t find premeditation," said district attorney Neal Pinkston. "The jury of the trial found a knowing and unlawful killing so that’s second degree murder."

His defense attorney wasn’t surprised at the sentence despite pleading in court Monday that Hollingsworth displayed a "rehabilitative nature" the past 15 years.

"We kind of expected the results to be what they are," said Hollingsworth’s attorney Bill Speek. "Judge Stern sentenced him at 22 years and we thought that would be an appropriate range given the conviction he had."

Carr’s brother had a remark about the plea in court that Hollingsworth was rehabilitated.

"It made me want to say something," said Witherspoon. "Let’s put it like that. Other than that it’s crap. Crap."

The 1997 murder HAD gone cold.

Not until district attorney Neal Pinkston brought new leads into the case last year was it solved.

The murder was featured on TNT’s cold case show "Cold Justice".

The defense is now expected to file a motion for a new trial.

A court date has been set for June first.

As always, we will keep you updated on the next developments with this case.

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