Mary, Teresa Mayes plead guilty in 2012 kidnapping

BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Mary and Teresa Mayes pleaded guilty today to kidnapping charges, effectively closing the state of Tennessee’s investigation and prosecution into the kidnapping, murder and manhunt that ended in Union County last year.

Mary Mayes, 32, the wife of Adam Mayes, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, receiving a 20-year sentence for each count that will be served at the same time or concurrently.

She also received two 15-year sentences for the two charges of especially aggravated kidnapping to be served concurrently.

The 15-year and 20-year sentences are to be served consecutively of each other and at 100 percent, which mean she will be in custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections custody for 35 years without a chance of early release.

Mary Mayes, Adam Mayes’ mother, pleaded no contest to two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and was sentenced to 13 1/2 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections for each count. The two sentences will be served consecutively and at 100 percent.

“As far as the state prosecution for the offenses related to the events in Whiteville, (Tenn.) and Guntown, I’m done,” said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant. “I can’t speak for federal prosecutors or Union County prosecutors.”


District Attorney for Union County Ben Creekmore has not returned calls.

There are no federal charges pending against the Mayes woman at this time according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Tennessee.

The pleas came Friday about 10 a.m.

The two women will be given credit for the 460 days they have served in the Bolivar, Tenn., County Jail since being arrested May 6, 2012.