Mary and Teresa Mayes pleaded guilty to state kidnapping charges Friday morning in Bolivar County, Tenn., effectively closing the state of Tennessee’s investigation and prosecution into the kidnapping, murder and manhunt that ended in Union County last year.
They were arrested after Adam Mayes in May 2012 kidnapped two sisters, Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, from their Whiteville, Tenn., home after killing the girls’ older sister, Adrienne Bain, 14, and mother Jo Ann Bain. The case attracted national media attention.
Teresa Mayes told police her husband killed the two elder Bains and buried them in the backyard of his parents’ trailer home in the Alpine community.
Officials searched the Alpine area woods until May 10 when Mayes was spotted with the two younger girls in a heavily wooded area behind Zion Hill Baptist Church. Mayes shot himself in the head and died en route to the hospital.
Teresa Mayes, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, receiving a 20-year sentence for each count that will be served concurrently.
She also received two 15-year sentences for the two charges of especially aggravated kidnapping to be served concurrently.
With the concurrent sentences to be served at 100 percent, 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 131⁄2 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections for each count. The two sentences will be served concurrently 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 Tennessee District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.
There are no federal charges pending against the Mayes women at this time, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Tennessee. Union County District Attorney Ben Creekmore confirmed there are no Mississippi charges pending either.
The pleas came around 10 a.m. Friday.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards, whose office played a large role in the manhunt that took place in their backyard, said these sentences will bring closure to his department and the community.
“We were subpoenaed to appear in court and were looking forward to doing our part to make sure they got convicted but I’m glad they pleaded guilty and owned up to their part,” he said.
The two women will be given credit for the 460 days they have already served in the Bolivar County Jail since being arrested May 6, 2012.
Teresa Mayes originally pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and especially aggravated kidnapping, and Mary Mayes pleaded not guilty to especially aggravated kidnapping after they were charged with helping Adam Mayes transport the kidnapped girls and bodies from Whiteville to the Alpine community.