BOISE -- A man charged with the 1998 rape and murder of Kay Lynn Jackson on the Boise Greenbelt has pleaded guilty to both felony charges.
Patrick Jon Zacharias, 40, entered the guilty pleas in an Ada County courtroom Tuesday. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Jackson was 22-year-old when her body was found on the Greenbelt in April of 1998. Police say she was raped and killed while walking to church on Palm Sunday.
Zacharias was charged with Jackson's murder on May 1, 2013. Boise Police detectives were finally able to identify Zacharias as a suspect through the National DNA database. He was already in prison serving a life sentence for lewd conduct with a minor.
The state and Zacharias have entered into a stipulated plea agreement which calls for Judge Ronald Wilper to sentence him to a consecutive fixed life sentence without the possibility of parole. Zacharias has agreed to waive all appeals in exchange for the state agreeing not to seek the death penalty.
If the judge does not sign off on the plea agreement or Zacharias withdraws his plea, then the state would be free to pursue the maximum sentence, including the death penalty.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2014 at 3 p.m.