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Padgett gets 5 life sentences instead of death penalty
The Roanoke man brutally killed a teen, dumped body in Franklin County
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Carey Shane Padgett

Friday, March 28, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Roanoke man will spend his life in prison for the 2010 murder of 18-year-old Cara Marie Holley, whose body was buried under planks and plywood on a logging trail off Promise Lane in Franklin County.

Carey Shane Padgett, 25, avoided the death penalty in the case, but Roanoke County Circuit Court Judge James Swanson sentenced him to five life terms, plus 175 years.

Padgett pleaded guilty in October 2013 to two counts of capital murder, as well as abduction and robbery. He also pleaded "no contest" to three more counts of capital murder, abduction with the intent to defile, forcible sodomy and rape, according to court records.

A search warrant served in July 2010 said that Padgett admitted to Roanoke police detectives that Padgett "choked and kicked and beat" Holley with a tire iron. He also told police that he wrapped her body in a sleeping bag and buried it under planks and plywood he found on a trail off Promise Lane, just south of Rocky Mount.

Once he confessed, Padgett led Roanoke police to a secluded field at 5039 Bandy Road, where he said he took Holley, whom he dated in 2009, so he could kill her because he wanted to take her vehicle, a 2008 Kia Sorento, the warrant said.

Although Padgett said he drove Holley to the field in his vehicle, a 2000 Ford, he told detectives he needed a car that was "in better shape" before his journey "out of Roanoke."

After disposing of Holley's body, Padgett told the detectives that he returned home, showered and changed before he loaded Holley's vehicle, which was parked at his residence, with his belongings.

He also admitted to stealing her driver's license and credit card, which he used to purchase gasoline. When Padgett attempted to use the card again at a Roanoke Walmart, the card was declined, according to the warrant.

Padgett was stopped in Holley's vehicle by Officer Andy Pendleton with the Rocky Mount Police Department. Padgett was arrested at the time on an outstanding warrant from Roanoke for using Holley's credit card.

Investigators located Holley's body about a mile down Promise Lane, off Cassell Road, near the edge of a trail.

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